Bassini defends Hornets tenure
Watford owner Laurence Bassini has released a statement defending his time in charge of the club as he prepares to sell to the Pozzo family.
The Hornets takeover appears set to go through soon, with many supporters welcoming the prospective departure of Bassini and eager to see their new Italian investors arrive.
Bassini has also rejected suggestions he stated he expected to receive £12million for the Hertfordshire outfit. In the statement on the club's official website, he said: "Over the last 15 months or so Watford Football Club has achieved a lot. When I arrived at the club it was facing administration and I put in several millions to keep the club going.
"Our current season ticket sales for 2012/13 at this stage of the summer are our highest for a number of years, while on the football side of things, the team and management achieved this club's highest league position for five years after we brought in 11 new players to strengthen the squad.
"Work is currently progressing on a new pitch, this will already add to the investment we have made in the stadium since I've been at the club. A giant new screen has been installed, a new PA system is in place while seats have also been replaced. The Red Lion, which was a depreciating asset, has been refurbished to provide a home for supporters.
"I do not know why people want to spread rumours about me. It is very wrong and I think people have short memories. All of the things I mentioned above are positive things for the club. I fail to understand what we have done wrong at the club."