Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez admits it’s a bad time to play Watford following the sack of manager Aidy Boothroyd.
Following a poor start to the season, which sees the Hornets in 21st place, the board sacked Boothroyd and ex-Watford defender Malky Mackay will take temporary charge while they look for a replacement.
The Swans will face Watford at home twice in a 3-day period, playing in the Championship on Sunday before meeting in the Carling Cup on the following Tuesday.
Martinez says it’s the wrong time to face a team who have lost their manager, and he certainly has a point as the players will be out there to prove their worth to the squad.
The Spaniard told the Evening Post:
|‘It’s very unfortunate to see Aidy Boothroyd leave his job after what he has done for Watford,’ |
‘This is a very tight division where anyone can beat anyone else and there is only a third of the campaign gone.
‘From our point of view it’s unfortunate too.
‘You don’t want to be involved in the middle of all these things but we have to be ready now for a completely different Watford side from the one that played last weekend.’
‘I’m not saying that in the long term Aidy Boothroyd’s departure will benefit Watford because that will depend on all sorts of factors,’
‘But in the short term you are going to get a reaction from the players.
‘It’s a fresh start for them and probably the first three or four games are the wrong time to play Watford.
‘I don’t expect too much to change in terms of the way they play because the new people in charge do not have a lot of time.
‘But the players will be keen to make an impression. They will be fighting to get a result and in a sense we have to expect the unexpected.’