The owner of Watford Football Club, Gino Pozzo has based much of his work as a soccer team owner on his experience as a student and executive. The Pozzo family have been involved in soccer since the 1980s when Gianpaolo Pozzo decided to bail out the club he supported, Udinese when the team was in financial difficulties. It was the arrival for Gino Pozzo at Udinese in the mid-1990s that sparked the surge towards the Champion’s League of the Serie A team.
After finding success in the early years of his career at Udinese, Gino Pozzo moved on to the Spanish La Liga division where he purchased F.C. Granada when in financial distress. At this point, Pozzo was already planning his next moves and decided the English Premier League was a good step in both sporting and business terms. For Gino Pozzo, securing the future of a club in the TV-money-rich Premier League would be a financial positive and show how far he had come as a business leader.
In 2012, Watford FC languished in the lowest division of English professional soccer and had little chance of climbing up the football pyramid. For Gino Pozzo, the club offered a rich history with an existing base of fans he felt could be expanded upon. By taking the youth setup at Watford and making it one of the best in Europe shows the commitment he has built to pushing homegrown players forward. The business model for Watford under the leadership of Gino Pozzo is to find the best youth players and those who have yet to break into the first team at other cubs before developing with a team of experienced coaches. By pushing the development of young players, Watford is one of the most exciting and easy to watch clubs with a growing fanbase around the world.