Previous
Gibraltar
Switzerland
ESPN3 11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Republic of Ireland
Denmark
ESPN3 11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Malta
Norway
ESPN3 11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Spain
Romania
ESPN3 11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Sweden
Faroe Islands
ESPN3 11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Greece
Finland
ESPN3 11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Italy
Armenia
11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Liechtenstein
Bosnia and Herzegovina
ESPN3 11:45 AM UTC
Game Details
Next
Norwich CityNorwich City
WatfordWatford
0
2
FT
Game Details
WatfordWatford
ChelseaChelsea
1
2
FT
Game Details
WatfordWatford
AFC BournemouthAFC Bournemouth
0
0
FT
Game Details
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur
WatfordWatford
1
1
FT
Game Details
WatfordWatford
Sheffield UnitedSheffield United
0
0
FT
Game Details
Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers
WatfordWatford
2
0
FT
Game Details
Manchester CityManchester City
WatfordWatford
8
0
FT
Game Details
WatfordWatford
ArsenalArsenal
2
2
FT
Game Details
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United
WatfordWatford
1
1
FT
Game Details
WatfordWatford
West Ham UnitedWest Ham United
1
3
FT
Game Details
EvertonEverton
WatfordWatford
1
0
FT
Game Details
WatfordWatford
Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton & Hove Albion
0
3
FT
Game Details
ESPN FC  By ESPN

Heurelho Gomes says language barrier hindered Watford and Walter Mazzarri

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes says manager Walter Mazzarri's difficulty speaking English made communication difficult at Vicarage Road this season.

Mazzarri was told last week that he would be out of a job after Sunday's final game, a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Watford finished just one place above the relegation spots in 17th, and Gomes blamed the seasons' woes partly on the Italian manager's inability to instruct his players.

"It is important to speak English if you are a manager," Gomes told the BBC. "They cannot pass on instructions to the players but he tried his best and we thank him for it.

"The club had to make a decision, and they did. The language didn't help him. We apologise for some of our mistakes, we can't just blame the manager."

The Hornets seemed to have clocked off from the moment they reached 40 points, promptly losing their last six matches of the season, and Mazzarri appeared to have gone rogue with his final line-up.

Deprived of six centre-halves through injury, the Italian fielded two full-backs and midfielder Valon Behrami in the most makeshift of back-threes.

Yet even more bizarre was the sight of two goalkeepers named on the bench. However, having three goalkeepers on the field would probably not have saved Watford from a mauling.

It was not the send-off Mazzarri wanted. At one point when the Italian received a lecture from referee Jon Moss some home fans called for him to be sent to the stands.

"I wish the fans were informed of what happened during the season," Mazzarri said. "We gave everything and with such a difficult situation an inexperienced manager would have done worse.

"We were safe with six games left. It's another objective in my career. I'm not for appearances, I am for facts. Look at the stats. We reached the objective. That is all that counts.

"I'm expert enough to know you cannot have all 20,000 people on your side. But I know the majority understood what was going on."

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.