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  • Mitre June 17

Watford chief on course for the Premier League

Watford's new head of football business, Ross Wilson, is on a fast-track to working in the Premier League, that's according to his chairman Graham Taylor.

Wilson arrived from Falkirk at the start of the summer and has overseen a turbulent period at Vicarage Road with two key members of his staff moving on before he'd even got his feet under the table. But that hasn't stopped Wilson from pushing through some exciting proposals for the Championship club and impressing former England boss Taylor.

"I have a feeling that if in the next three years we're not in the Premiership, Ross Wilson probably will be - that’s how highly I rate this young man," Taylor said in the Watford Observer this week.

Wilson was expecting to work closely alongside Malky Mackay when he arrived at Vicarage Road, but he soon moved on to Cardiff City and his replacement, Sean Dyche has been very impressed with the 29-year-old Scot's attitude: "Ross had to come in during a period where there were a lot of changes and he has navigated that very well.

"He has made sure the deals are done properly and we like to do our business properly, straight through the front door, no messing around, and he has worked well for us so long may that continue."

The former University of Strathclyde graduate spent seven years at his boyhood club Falkirk in a number of roles but was largely employed as football operations manager and then head of football development. Wilson turned down moves to Celtic and Hibernian before taking on the challenge of Watford and admits that there's a huge difference between working in England and Scotland.

"Size of budgets would be the major difference and it is something which is irrespective of what Scottish club you come from," Wilson said on wat­for­dob­ser­ver.­co.­uk.

"And probably the scope to develop things is greater here, which of course is linked to budget. I think I can develop the football side of this club further because of the resources we have, albeit those resources can’t compete with other Championship clubs.

"“I think everything relating to the football side of this club and English clubs makes them superior in terms of capability compared to Scottish clubs."

Matt Morris

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