Elton John ready to 'get his hands dirty' at Watford and take more active role

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Elton John is a huge Watford fan and has twice bought the club - GETTY IMAGES
Elton John is a huge Watford fan and has twice bought the club - GETTY IMAGES

Sir Elton John has said he is ready to “get my hands dirty” at Watford and take a more active role in the club again.

The legendary singer told fans at Vicarage Road, where he was performing as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, that he had spoken to chief executive Scott Duxbury about becoming more involved with the club from next year.

Sir Elton is currently honorary life president at Watford, his boyhood team, having first bought the club in 1976. As chairman he oversaw a period of huge success with manager Graham Taylor, and he later bought the club back again in 1997.

“I first came to Vicarage Road when I was six years old and from that moment, I became a fan for life,” Sir Elton said in a social media post.

“Performing there the last couple of nights, seeing my name on the stand opposite to my good friend Graham Taylor’s name, who I miss so much, it hit home how much I miss this place. It really felt like a return to my roots.

“I can’t tell you how much I love the people of Watford and Watford FC. Once I’m done touring, I want to get my hands dirty, get back involved in the club - we’ve got a great team, a great manager and I’m so hopeful for the future.”

Elton John first bought the club in 1976 and, along with then manager Graham Taylor, oversaw the most successful period in the club's history - GETTY IMAGES
Elton John first bought the club in 1976 and, along with then manager Graham Taylor, oversaw the most successful period in the club's history - GETTY IMAGES

Sir Elton’s tour is currently due to conclude in Stockholm in July next year.

The 75-year-old’s desire to become more involved comes as Watford seek to overhaul their club culture following their relegation from the Premier League.

The appointment of 39-year-old Rob Edwards as the new head coach has been seen as a progressive step, and there is an acceptance that Watford need to change their trigger-happy approach to managerial appointments under owner Gino Pozzo.

“Gino Pozzo just wants the club to be successful and playing sustained Premier League football,” Duxbury told the Watford Observer last month. “That’s always been his only ambition for Watford. I am on exactly the same page.

“However, he accepts that the way we try and work to deliver that had to change. We know that we could not carry on as we were. Watford Football Club needed its culture back.

In Rob Edwards, we have appointed a manager we all totally believe in, and a manager who will lead and drive that change.

“We will be supporting Rob Edwards come hell or high water. We believe that he will deliver what we all want: a sustained and successful football club we all can be proud of.”

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