The Hornet’s Nest of Watford FC

As one of the standout clubs of the 2018-19 Premier League season, Watford FC have propelled themselves to 12 victories as of this writing, including their first four fixtures to begin their campaign. That success has also translated to the FA Cup, where Watford have earned a place in the quarterfinals. The club has enjoyed a level of sustenance in the top flight of English football that would not be possible without the intervention of club owner Gino Pozzo, who, alongside his father, purchased the club in 2012. One of his approaches to revitalizing Watford during his time in ownership, as well as overseer of full-time operations, stems from transactions to and from other clubs in Europe that fall under family ownership and has led to a constant influx of talent that has maintained them at a steady level within competitive circles in England. By sheer virtue of this, the club has ascended above the middle of the pack in recent seasons, but through the 2018-19 season in particular, Watford have made waves in the Premier League and FA Cup through a combination of solid performances by established players such as Troy Deeney and recent transfer Gerard Deulofeu from FC Barcelona, as well as manager Javi Gracia, who has instilled a sense of leadership by having his players believe in one another throughout the course of their campaign and has built a good team, far more complete than the one he inherited when first assuming his managerial role in January 2018. These developments are notable given the club’s humble origin and how far they have come to reach this point in their history, even garnering support from recognized artist (and one-time owner) Elton John. Regardless of overall results, Watford look to continue making waves, both now and in the future.