Ivic wants Hornets to prove worth

11 September 2020 21:20:30 GMTPlus11

New Watford manager Vladimir Ivic has urged his players to prove they belong in the first-team going into the new Championship season.

After going through four managers, Watford were relegated in 19th position from the Premier League in the 2019-20 campaign, along with Norwich City and Bournemouth.

And going into the new Championship season they have another new face in the dugout, having appointed Serbian Ivic, who has had stints at both PAOK and Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he won two Israeli Premier League titles.

The Hornets have spent modestly this summer, drafting in Udinese duo Francisco Sierralta and Stipe Perica and West Ham defender Jeremy Ngakia, and Ivic insists that players will have to work for a place in the starting XI this term.

Speaking in his first press conference since arriving in the summer, Ivic said: "Nobody told me from the club that some of the players have it in their contract that they must play.

"Which means that they must work hard, they must show that they want to play. I'm a coach and like every coach in the world, I choose the best players who can give us a result in that moment.

"It's just hard work, it's just being focused and day-by-day fight for your position and when you're in the side you need to be more concentrated to keep your position."

Watford are 2.00 to beat Middlesbrough on Friday, who are 3.90 to win, with the draw 3.40.

Watford are 2.62 to be promoted this season.

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