Cape Town - Walter
Mazzarri has dismissed suggestions that his job as Watford manager is
in jeopardy, saying that the stories were fabricated by the media.
Mazzarri, whose team gave his career a significant boost on Tuesday
by beating West Brom and propelling the Hornets up to ninth in the
Premier League table, spoke with journalists after the match and
highlighted other times that the media reported false stories about the
"The newspapers say many things. They also said Deeney is signing for
West Bromwich and then he wouldn't have played today," the 55-year old
"The newspapers can write stories or whatever they want. They are
free to do that. I said it before, I speak only about hard work and
things on the pitch and in training.
"The rest, whatever they invent I don't care. I want to underline
that for me the first 30 minutes is the best game we have played.
"It means after seven months it gives me great satisfaction to see that my team play this football with young players."
If Mazzarri's time at Vicarage Road has been extended as a result of
beating the Baggies, the Italian owes a great debt of thanks to M'Baye
Niang, who opened the scoring for the hosts with a 20-yard strike and
provided a stunning assist which lead to his side's second, scored by
The forward is currently on loan from AC Milan but Mazzarri will be
hoping that a deal will be reached to make the move permanent at the end
of the season.
"Aside from the great goal he also gave a great assist that only real champions give," Mazzarri said of the Frenchman.
"He listens to me because out of 24 hours in the day I talk to him in
his ear for 23 hours," he added candidly. "So I think he listens to
Watford next face a tricky trip to White Hart Lane where they face title contenders Tottenham Hotspur in an English Premiership clash on Saturday.
Kick off is at 13:30.