, ‘Fantastic job’ – Tom Cleverley lauded by Championship rival after strong start to Watford tenure

‘Fantastic job’ – Tom Cleverley lauded by Championship rival after strong start to Watford tenure

Watford interim boss Tom Cleverley has drawn praise from Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend.

Watford decided to part ways with Valerien Ismael in March and eyebrows were raised when Cleverley was named as their interim boss until the end of the season. He had been working in a role with the club’s academy.

Since then, the Hornets have picked up three good results. They beat Birmingham City in Cleverley’s first game in the dugout before 2-2 draws with both West Brom and Leeds United.

Watford sit 14th in the Championship table with six games remaining. They won’t be pushing for the play-offs or fighting for safety, so the pressure is off while they look to end a tough campaign on a positive note.

Up next for Cleverley and co is Preston North End, who are five points off the top six.

Now, Lilywhites boss Ryan Lowe has issued praise for Cleverley. As quoted by the Preston media team, he said the 34-year-old has done a ‘fantastic job’ to date, saying:

“He’s done a fantastic job.

preston north end boss ryan lowe
Image courtesy of: ED SYKES/REUTERS.

“Sometimes when you go in as an ex-player you get that love and respect from the players. We’ve got to worry about what we do and make sure we’re on it. We want to nullify their strengths and pick up some points.”

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, ‘Fantastic job’ – Tom Cleverley lauded by Championship rival after strong start to Watford tenure

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Ending on a high

As touched on before, Watford don’t really have much to play for in terms of their league finish. It can be hard to be motivated for some pretty dead-rubber games, but ending on a high with a lack of pressure could set them up well for the summer.

Cleverley will be keen to keep the players motivated and spirits high over this final run of games. As an up and coming coach, the midfielder will want to prove he’s got what it takes to have a future in the dugout too.

It can be a really valuable experience for the interim boss, even if a permanent role doesn’t await him in the summer. His work has certainly impressed upcoming opponent Lowe, and he’ll be hoping to get one over him this weekend.

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