Who Is Aidy Boothroyd?

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The build up to Plymouth Argyle’s FA Cup quarter-final game against Watford continues on Plymouth Vital today when we take a look at Watford’s manager, Aidy Boothroyd.

Boothroyd had a fairly undistinguished career as a player, playing as a full back for the likes of Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Mansfield Town and Peterborough United in the lower leagues before injury prematurely ended his career at the age of 26.

Boothroyd became youth and reserve team coach at Peterborough before moving to Norwich City as youth team coach and then on to West Bromwich Albion as Youth Development Officer. After a short spell at the Hawthorns Boothroyd was again on the move when he became first team coach at Leeds United.
In March 2005 Watford took the bold step of employing Boothroyd as their manager. Many fans of the Hornets were against this unknown and inexperienced manager coming to the club. However Boothroyd steered the club away from relegation and set about re-building the team.

The following season Watford were promoted to the Premiership after beating Leeds 3-0 in the play-off final. Boothroyd became the youngest manager in the Premiership and preferred to be called the more fashionable ‘Aidy’ rather than just plain old ‘Adrian’.
Boothroyd shunned the traditional tracksuit and baseball cap style that some managers prefer and went for the ‘look at me, I’m important because I wear a big black coat’ look coupled with a shirt and tie. In fact it’s difficult to remember Boothroyd wearing anything other than his black coat when in the dugout or giving interviews.

Watford soon struggled in the Premiership and look certain to be relegated at the end of this season. The team have won just two away games all season and one of them was in the FA Cup, beating West Ham United at Upton Park, as every team does.

So moving on to Sunday’s game at Home Park, what would be called a Cup upset? An Argyle win against a Premiership side? Or would it be more of an upset if a struggling Watford team won a rare away game against an in-form Championship team?
Watford have pacy strikers who could trouble Argyle’s central defensive pairing of Marcel Seip and Krisztian Timar but Argyle also have a pacy front man in Scott Sinclair who will tie the lumbering defender Malcolm Mackay in knots.

It will a fascinating game and the result could come down to which manager has the better tactics on the day, the studious Boothroyd or the lively Ian Holloway?

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  • UEA_Hornet says:

    Interesting article. Would obviously consider the fact that you can only criticise Aidy’s choice of matchday clothing to be a compliment. As for the ‘lumbering’ Malky Mackay, he comfortably marked a certain Theo Walcott out of a game last season, so I’m not sure pace worries him as much as you might hope. Anyway, don’t be fooled by all the Championship v Premiership carp the media will try to spin: we’re simply a very good Championship team at heart, which should be enough to put you under pressure. Anyway, good luck. Should be an interesting match.

  • Pbennyboy says:

    A very honest appraisal UEA thanks….and good luck to you too…after Sunday of course!

  • robdavey says:

    yeah argyle every step of the way come on boys do the green army pround

  • Bitter & Twisted says:

    And don’t forget that we have never in our history won a big FA cup game at home. But then that was BO (before Ollie)

  • WFG says:

    Scott Sinclap really worries us Hornets, will probably pip Malcolm Mackay to the bad research awards

  • green giant 12 says:

    cant wait til sunday, only a few days left now!!! scotty for a hatrick!

  • Cornish Dave says:

    In form Championship team? Looking at the last 6 results (which exclude the Derby cup match) we have 1 win in 6?
    Still the players will be so up for it on Sunday. I fancy us to edge it 2-1 with a late winner.

  • plimuff says:

    1 defeat in 7 for Argyle, that’s good form, ain’t it?

  • ArgyleNeil says:

    I think half the country is behind us on Sunday, it will not be easy but i think an Argyle win is on the cards. Dont let them stop us again.

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