11:30am Friday 8th July 2011
By Frank Smith
Not relaying the pitch this summer is Laurence Bassini’s “biggest regret” but the new Watford owner has stated “whatever happens it will be done.”
“The main thing I am disappointed about and my biggest regret is that I was not here in time to get the pitch done,” Bassini claimed.
“But what I decided to do was employ full-time maintenance people here as they didn't have that before.
“We also now have covers and lighting for when it is bad weather and to help the grass growth.”
“I wanted the pitch done and we agreed to do it,” Bassini continued.
“I wasn't in charge of the club in March and when we went to the Desso people they said we would not have enough time because the pitch is not even and there is going to be building work done around it.
“It has not been done now but we have ordered a new pitch for next year at a rough cost of £1m so whatever happens, it is going to be done. We have even paid the deposit so it is happening, there will be a new pitch.”
Watford’s decision not to relay the pitch was a deciding factor in Saracens coming back to Vicarage Road next season.
Bassini added: “Because we didn't get the pitch done, it was worth doing the deal with Saracens. The deal could be worth £800,000, £900,000 circa for the club.”
Bassini interview - Part 1
Bassini interview - Part 2
Bassini interview - Part 3
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