Watford F.C. Owner Gino Pozzo Explains His Player Recruitment Philosophy

Published / by TheRugbyUnion

Gino Pozzo is an Italian businessman who owns European football clubs. His family bought two clubs which are Spain’s Gibraltar Football Club and Italy’s Udinese Calcio Football Club. He bought Watford Football Club in England in 2012. He is said to be one of the most forward-looking football club owners in Europe.

He grew up in Udine, Italy, and attended Harvard University in the U.S. While in America, Gino Pozzo married a Catalan. They moved to Barcelona, Spain, where they spent the next 20 years. Along with their three children, they moved to London in 2013 so he could be involved in the daily operations of his club located on Vicarage Road.

The Pozzo family got into the football club business in 1986. Gianpaolo Pozzo, Gino’s dad, bought the Udinise Club using the money earned from his woodworking company. This business was sold in 2008 so the family could better focus on their football clubs.

Gino Pozzo says that football is a family passion. Owning clubs isn’t their major focus but they do want to go about it in the right way. He said that when his family bought this club it was because they wanted to help it and the local community.

He developed the scouting-driven model that has made all of the family’s football clubs very successful. In 2015, all three were playing in their country’s top leagues. He freely trades players between the family’s clubs to the benefit of all of them. This includes players who are on loan from other clubs.

The biggest focus is on Watford F.C. since it plays in the Premier League. This is regarded as the best football league, period. Gino Pozzo doesn’t let head coaches influence what players are recruited. This is because the player might not be ready to play for a few years and there’s no guarantee the coach would even still be at Watford at that time.