July 28, 2020 / 7:00 AM / 16 days ago

Watford's achievements must not be forgotten, says owner

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Watford - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - July 26, 2020 Watford's Troy Deeney and Danny Welbeck are embraced by Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac and Reiss Nelson after Watford are relegated from the Premier League at the end of the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Neil Hall

(Reuters) - Watford’s owner and chief executive have said that while their efforts surrounding the team were not good enough this season, relegation from the Premier League should not erase the achievements of the last eight years.

Watford, whose five-year stay in England’s top-flight came to an end on Sunday, had four different managers over the course of a turbulent season.

“We will not allow the core values of Watford FC to become diluted simply because we are not playing in the Premier League,” owner Gino Pozzo and chief executive Scott Duxbury said in a joint statement.

“Everything we have achieved as a club over the past eight years should not be forgotten. That is not to detract from mistakes that were made surrounding the team this season. We have to be honest and admit our efforts were not good enough.

“There will be lessons learned and changes made but, from today, we move forward. We have to accept a different challenge.”

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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