At a time when the majority of the owners of English Premier League soccer clubs are owned by foreign investors, the Pozzo family’s ownership of Watford shows how a high-quality owner can change the fortunes of a club. Like most owners, the bottom line is important to Gino Pozzo but it is not the driving force behind the work he is completing from his office at Vicarage Road Stadium. Pozzo believes the success achieved at Watford can be sustained for a long period of time and has stated his belief in the prospects of Watford F.C. to flourish for decades.
Pozzo works on a long-term project that sees him become one of the leading figures in the Premier League and has built an impressive club at all levels in the London suburbs. The Italian born and Harvard educated business leader has been a constant in the lives of Watford supporters since they began their rise to the Premier League in 2012. Pozzo has not limited himself to making the experience at Watford better for the players with a new training ground and improved facilities. Instead, he has spent much of his time working to make the experience of each fan as impressive as possible by making improvements to the stadium.
One of the most important ways the Pozzo family and Gino, in particular, believe they can develop the club for the long-term. Watford F.C. has become a club where the development of young players is highest on the priority of Gino Pozzo as he understands the future of the team lies in this area. Pozzo believes the development of young players is vital as the time a player spends at Watford is usually longer than the time a head coach remains in charge. This means players must be brought into the family environment developed by the club and its supporters to feel comfortable to continue their development at the highest level of soccer.