Deeney denies Watford rumours: ‘Gaffer did not put his hands on anybody’

Watford captain Troy Deeney has denied rumours that there was a fight in the Hornet’s dressing room during half-time in their defeat to West Ham United on Friday. Two days later the club sacked coach Nigel Pearson, with Hayden Mullins being put in control of the team as Watford bid to avoid relegation.

Rumours emerged that Pearson got into a fight with several players as the Hornets slumped to a 3-1 defeat against West Ham. Speaking ahead of Watford’s match against Manchester City, captain Deeney has rejected the rumours. “I just want to put it out there, there was no fight at half-time,” he told beIN Sports. “It’s 2020, you don’t do that any more and certainly with all the cameras you would see a lot more if that was the case.”

“The gaffer didn’t put his hands on anybody. He was just frustrated and had a firm talking to us. No-one was fighting, no-one was punched and no-one was tickled. There were no hands thrown”, said Deeney. Watford are currently in 17th place in the Premier League, just three points outside of the relegation zone.

The forward also rejected the rumours that he has been given a role into selecting the match squad for the game with Man City. “Second of all, Troy will not be picking teams – I have read that online as well. I am player-coach, apparently. Anything else I have missed out? We weren’t locked in… so a lot of interesting things.”