Gino Pozzo, owner of Watford FC, has been involved with Football for most of his life. Born into a family passionate about football, his father bought his hometown club Udine in 1986. Gino grew up immersed in the world of football and the community as well, and he has taken this scenario to his role at Watford. The stadium is located within the community, unusual for modern football venues that mostly look the same and are outside towns. Local Watford businesses rely on income when games are played. Gino Pozzo has his office in Vicarage Road and is seen almost daily at the training ground.
The Pozzo family purchased Watford FC in 2012, a team in debt and struggling to make it out of the fourth division after falling from their better days under Graham Taylor in the 1980s. Within four years of Pozzo’s ownership, Watford had risen to the Premiere League, and Pozzo has been hailed as “the best owner in the world” by Andrea Carnevale and ranked 4th on Talksport’s 2019 rankings of club owners. Watford is in 8th place in the League and still in the FA Cup as of March of this year.
Running a football club these days is a far cry from the times when passion was enough and large sums of money were not involved. Today it is a multi-million dollar industry, driven in part by investments for profit, making it more exciting but also much more challenging.
Gino Pozzo has always credited his success with staying open to new possibilities. Having a closed mind and strictly following a developed plan doesn’t allow for insights to help change course for new opportunities. At the same time he feels it is very important to build a stable environment around the club, an identity which supports the club’s aims even when changes are made.