Watford captain Troy Deeney painted a depressing picture about the future of the club after succumbing to relegation back down to The Championship.
The Hornets suffered final day heartache after their two second-half goals weren’t enough to overcome an early 3-0 deficit versus Arsenal.
The club made the curious decision to sack Nigel Pearson with two games to go, but Deeney was quick to reaffirm that their relegation was a result of their year-long struggles – not just since the restart.
“This is a reflection of the whole year,” said Deeney. “Not quite been good enough. Heartbreaking for the people who work behind the scenes and we feel sorry for them.
“I will take the stick on social media but the harsh reality is people will lose their jobs because we haven’t been good enough.
“As a club and as a community we will go again. Ultimately we have not been good enough, no point dancing around it.
“The whole top to bottom will do an audit and reassess. It is not just us. It is part and parcel of football.
“We can’t say we got it right because we failed. The bigger thing for fans and people at clubs because they will be here longer than players. They will be hurt and annoyed. I don’t know if this will be my last game for Watford. You front it.”
Hinting that he may have played his final game for Watford, Deeney admitted today was a sour way to bow out if the club chooses to move on.
“I will be having a knee operation next week. Clubs can can go in different directions and players can. If that is my last game, I am happy I went out on my shield. I am a simple man. Did I go out and do everything I could, yes, was it good enough? No.
“Things happen in football. I have been here 10 years, if it is my time to go, it is my time to go.”