Ex-Watford coach reveals reasons for Liverpool and Burnley success

Brendan Rodgers

Mark Warburton has revealed the shared ideals that Brendan Rodgers, Sean Dyche and Malky Mackay sought to fulfil at Watford.

Brentford travel to Vicarage Road on Tuesday night, with Warburton returning to Watford for the first time since he left the club in 2010.

The 52-year-old began his coaching career in Hertfordshire, progressing through the youth ranks to become the academy manager in 2006. During his time with the Hornets, he worked with a number of unknown manager’s, all of whom have gone on to coach in the Premier League.

Aidy Boothroyd led Watford to promotion in 2006, and now works with the England youth set-up, before being replaced by now-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in 2008. He departed to leave Malky Mackay in charge for two seasons, with Sean Dyche stepping into the role in 2011.

Aside from Rodgers, who left Chelsea to take the role of manager, all three men worked their way up through the Hornets set-up into the role of manager, and Warburton believes that the shared ideals at Vicarage Road have been the key reason for the success enjoyed by Rodgers, Dyche and Mackay.

Speaking to London24, Warburton said: "I really enjoyed my time there [Watford] and worked with some very talented people like Aidy Boothroyd, Malky Mackay Sean Dyche and Brendan Rodgers.

"I was happy with what we did at the club in terms of the academy. We introduced a soccer programme with Harefield Academy, I was delighted with it, but unfortunately it’s not been continued. The likes of Celtic and Liverpool came down to see what we were doing.”

Despite all promoting different styles of football, Warburton feels as if there are strong similarities between all four coaches, and he is not surprised to see the former Hornets all doing well.

"I think it was a passion for the game and the relationship was good and the interaction was good in terms of communication and talking about the game, how the game was to be played,” he added.

"[There were] certain key disciplines that everyone agreed with and demanded.

"Be it appearance, timekeeping or conduct, whatever it may be, it was something that was consistent and that was something that’s been well received.”

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