Gino Pozzo

Gino Pozzo is the owner and chairman of the Watford Football Club, where he is also the majority shareholder. Gino Pozzo took over his family’s business in Italy, which operates other European football clubs. The club currently competes in England’s Premier League; it was promoted to this league in 1982-83 as runners-up on goal difference after a play-off with Barnsley. They have been in top-flight English football since 2006, when they were promoted from the Championship under Aidy Boothroyd to the Premier League following their final day victory over Queens Park Rangers F.C.

Achievements of Gino Pozzo

At the 1998 World Cup, he beat Cameroon 1-0. Gino Pozzo also won the Premier League in 2000, 2001, and 2004. In 2003 when he was the owner of Watford F.C., He bought a house not far from Vicarage Road, where he lived until 2011, when he sold it and moved to Italy. Watford F.C.’s most famous fan previously owned the house, former chairman Sir Elton John after it had been ruined by fire in 1999, during which Elton was trapped in his bedroom for three hours with his wife and two children refusing to leave him until the fire brigade arrived safe and well.

In 2008 while serving as the owner of Udinese, Gino Pozzo faced footballing and financial problems due to the club’s debt exceeding €110,000,000. In 2010 Pozzo sold his share in Udinese to his family to finance the purchase of Watford F.C. from its previous owners, Granada.

Under Gino Pozzo’s ownership, Watford finished 15th in their first season back in the Premier League for four years. In December 2014, Watford was reported to have an income of £79 million per year (the third highest reported income behind Manchester City and Chelsea). In June 2015, Watford signed the world’s most expensive player, Raheem Sterling. He was sold during Gino Pozzo’s reign for £49 million.

In May 2014, Watford F.C. appointed technical director of football operations Gianfranco Zola as their head coach, with Gino Pozzo announcing, “Gianfranco is a progressive coach who has shown that he can deliver success at club level, and he will play a key part in our plans to develop the Hornets.” See this page for additional information.


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