Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Aidy's Got It to Manage England, Says Powell

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Aidy's Got It to Manage England, Says Powell

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Blackburn v Watford Premiership, Ewood Park, 8pm

THE black, buttoned-up suit Watford's Aidy Boothroyd likes to wear on the touchline must be woven from Teflon, because none of the mud flying about in the relegation zone is sticking tohim.

Three of the Premiership's five bottom clubs u West Ham, Charlton and Fulham u have jettisoned managers in frantic efforts to rise above the drop zone.

Yet not a murmur of dissatisfaction has been heard from the boardroom at Vicarage Road, even though defeat at Blackburn tonight will all but seal a swift return to the Championship.

But Watford's Chris Powell believes there is more danger of Boothroyd being snapped up by a rival than being axed u and even says the manager's future may lie with England.

At 37 the defender is older than his boss, in this case by one year.

However, Powell retains respect for a manager who in just over two seasons has saved Watford from relegation from the Championship, plotted promotion to the Premiership and steered a side built on a frugal budget to an FA Cup semi-final.

Powell said: "Aidy knows he needs a few years as a manager to learn and see what you have to do in certain situations. But he's done exceptionally well while learning.

"If he continues to be a success here it will be no surprise that some so-called 'bigger' clubs will be coming to try to get him. Is he a future England manager? Most possibly. We need a lot of good young English managers coming through and he's one of them." Of more immediate concern to Boothroyd is gaining only Watford's second away win in the League against a Blackburn team harbouring European ambitions.

To aid the cause Ben Foster, the on-loan goalkeeper who was not allowed to play against parent club Manchester United in that FA Cup semi-final, returns while striker Marlon King, on the way back from a six-months injury lay-off, retains his place on the bench.

Boothroyd is determined to keep players such as King regardless of which division Watford are in next season. "Nobody will leave that I don't want to," he said.

"Especially those that have done well this year."

Blackburn v Watford Premiership, Ewood Park, 8pm

THE black, buttoned-up suit Watford's Aidy Boothroyd likes to wear on the touchline must be woven from Teflon, because none of the mud flying about in the relegation zone is sticking to him. …

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