Walter Mazzarri tells players to stay at hotel during pre-season

The new Watford head coach wants players to stay together in a hotel to bring them closer together.

Walter Mazzarri tells players to stay at hotel during pre-season
Sinclair during the match against Woking (Photo: premierleague.com)

Jerome Sinclair says that new Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has told his players to stay at a hotel during pre-season in order to bring them all closer together.

The team have been staying at a hotel based in Hertfordshire since last week as they are preparing for the new Premier League season.

They started their summer with a 1-1 draw with non-league outfit Woking, and play Stevenage in the second match of pre-season tonight.

Mazzarri took charge of his first game at the weekend (Photo: Getty Images)
Mazzarri took charge of his first game at the weekend (Photo: Getty Images)

Players staying together in a hotel

Italian boss Mazzarri took over from Quique Sanchez Flores back in May, but has only been working with his squad since pre-season preparations began last week.

The former Napoli and Inter Milan head coach believes staying together through the duration of pre-season will help the players forge bonds.

“We’ve all been staying together, but I do not have a place down here anyway so it’s not been much different, but for some of the lads, maybe they’re not so keen, but it’s okay,” Sinclair told watfordfc.com.

The forward told the club website that they have been “back and forth” to the training ground from their base, sometimes even twice a day to get players’ fitness levels up.

The Hornets could only manage a draw against the Cards (Photo: Getty Images)
The Hornets could only manage a draw against the Cards (Photo: Getty Images)

Players bonding together in base camp

Sinclair, who came through the ranks at Liverpool, was the first player to have been brought in under Mazzarri, and played a part during the draw with the Cards last Sunday.

The Hornets managed to finish 13th in the Premier League last season, and will be looking to build on that, while also looking to replicate their FA Cup run, which saw them reach the semi-finals.

The youngster was brought in for £4 million on a five-year contract, and he spoke further about what is happening at the team base. He added: “We are just taking it as it comes at the moment – we have not been told what’s forthcoming for the future. There has been a lot of bonding but it’s a great bunch of lads.”