Date: 3rd November 2008 at 10:56pm
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After 3 ½ years of a rollercoaster ride at Vicarage Road, Aidy Boothroyd has been relieved of his position at Watford, with immediate effect.

Boothroyd became the 12th gaffer to leave their job this season to the surprise and shock of us all here at VitalWatford.

A short but ambiguous statement from chairman Graham Simpson on the Watford official site simply read “It is with some sadness that we have taken the decision, along with Aidy, that the time is right for a new manager to take Watford Football Club forward.’

‘Both parties feel that his tenure at the Club is simply at an end and, following discussions, we have mutually decided that a parting of the ways is in the best interests of all concerned”.

So it still remains to be seen whether the board pushed Boothroyd or if Aidy decided enough was enough and quit.

All we know was the players who let him and us down so badly against Blackpool was the final straw either way?



umours are rife across the internet on both accounts with various accounts suggesting it was Aidy that threw in the towel rather than the board having the final say.

In truth, we couldn’t blame Boothroyd – the board have acted badly this season stripping us of any chance of success by flogging off the crown jewels right under the nose of the gaffer.

The fact that Aidy had to put a positive spin on some shocking times at Vicarage Road have put him under the spotlight with disillusioned fans too.

Strange thing is that this season might not have seen the results to the boards liking but some of the football has been a breath of fresh air after Boothroyd promised to change the style of play.

And we know that Aidy is a man of his word.

Watford insist “the club will issue no further comment” but here at VitalWatford we only hope that the board didn`t expect more than Aidy offered…

Promotion to the Premier League on a shoestring, a cup semi final against Man Utd, a successful battle against relegation in his first 4 months in the job, 2 play offs and a link to the England coaching set-up is one hell of a CV after just 3 ½ years?

So Aidy will go to bigger and better things no doubt and won’t be out of a job for too long.

Let’s just hope the board have dealt a blow to get rid of his backroom cast of thousands – including rubbish first team coach Malky Mackay – as well…

Please don’t promote from within.

Anyway, good luck Aidy?just don`t join the circus at Loftus Road as many of the online cynics suggest you will!