Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Determined Boothroyd Vows to Do It His Way

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Determined Boothroyd Vows to Do It His Way

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WHEN Watford were promoted last May, one of the first men Aidy Boothroyd turned to for advice about retaining his club's membership of the Premiership was Alan Pardew.

There was logic behind that because Pardew had brought West Ham up from the Championship in 2005 and gone on to establish the Hammers safe in mid-table.

Looking at the current state of affairs - with Watford bottom, 10 points adrift of the safety zone; West Ham, led by Pardew until just before Christmas, second from bottom; and Pardew's current charges Charlton third from bottom - it might seem reasonable to question the quality of any imparted wisdom.

Yet when Watford play host to Charlton on Saturday in a match that will go a long way to deciding relegation issues you won't hear Boothroyd attempting to shift any blame for his side's plight onto his old pal.

The manager admitted: " Looking back, it doesn't matter how much advice people give you. You have to live it, you have to experience-it, to know it.

You can't be taught or advised what to do when your team is bottom of the league with 10 games left. You have to find ways within yourself to help players to help themselves, to motivate them and to coach them to play out there."

With or without Pardew's help, Boothroyd has found it hard going.

Watford were unimpressive despite playing against 10 men for much of their recent games against Ipswich in the FA Cup and Wigan in the league, and in Boothroyd's own word they were "inept" in losing 3-0 at home to Everton on Saturday.

Pardew, by contrast, brings his new team to Vicarage Road boosted by last weekend's emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham.

Is it significant that while Watford are having to make do without star winger Ashley Young, sold to Aston Villa in January, Charlton are benefiting from the continued service of Darren Bent after apparently rejecting big money bids for the striker? …

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