Gosling slams ‘disgraceful’ Watford team-mates; shocked ‘miserable’ Ranieri regime ‘lasted four months’

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Watford boss Claudio Ranieri looks unhappy Credit: PA Images
Watford boss Claudio Ranieri looks unhappy Credit: PA Images

Watford midfielder Dan Gosling has hit out at the “disgraceful attitudes” of some of his team-mates while he criticised Claudio Ranieiri’s “miserable” reign.

The Hornets only won six matches all season last term as they were relegated from the Premier League on 23 points, finishing 19th.

Ranieri was sacked in January and replaced by former England manager Roy Hodgson with Gosling shocked that the Italian lasted as long as he did with his “miserable” training and staff.

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“That time with Ranieri was just really unenjoyable,” Gosling told the Watford Observer.

“The training we did, the spirit they created, the staff that came with him – the whole thing was just miserable. They were miserable, and it made it miserable.

“I was surprised they lasted four months to be honest. I have been in football a long time, and so have a few boys in the squad, and that time was as bad as it can get.”

The former Bournemouth and Newcastle midfielder – who found himself unused for large parts of last season – was particularly critical of Ranieri’s persistence with five-a-side training matches.

Gosling added: “If you’re going out on the training pitch and just doing five-a-side games day after day, it is literally nothing football. It’s kid’s football. As a pro, you don’t learn anything from it.

“There’s a time and place for five-a-sides obviously, but it’s usually a few fun games at the end of a session. Doing whole sessions of five-a-side every doesn’t win you games. Look at the results on the pitch.”

On Hodgson, Gosling continued: “To be fair to Roy, what he did in training was very repetitive, but at least it was game-like situations. You do need to freshen it up a bit though. This is 2022.”

Gosling was also unhappy with the “disgraceful” atmosphere within the dressing room and even named Ozan Tufan as a particularly bad example.

The 32-year-old said: “I thought that attitude was a disgrace. There were a lot of disgraceful attitudes here last season and that’s ultimately the reason we went down. It wasn’t a question of ability. Maybe some players didn’t always hit the levels they are capable of, but it was the attitude of individuals that did for us.

“They signed Tufan from a Turkish club. He was here on loan: is he going to really care if the club goes down? He knew that whatever happened, he could go back to wherever he came from. He’d never played English football at all, never played here, never played in the Premier League. He wasn’t bothered and he wasn’t that fit either.

“It was a real disgrace, easily the worst dressing room I’ve ever been a part of. So now that we’re clearing the decks and trying to build something new is refreshing.”


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