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PALMER'S BEEN THERE

Posted on 27 October 2006  - 12:00

Our Academy Performance Manager Steve Palmer knows exactly what Watford are going through at the moment.

Our Academy Performance Manager Steve Palmer knows exactly what Watford are going through at the moment.

Steve spent six years at Vicarage Road, helping Watford to successive league titles and a place in the Premiership via the play-offs in 1999-2000.

The central defender was an ever-present in that top flight campaign as the Hornets headed straight back down again - away form their Achilles heel with just one win in 19 games.

Steve eventually moved to QPR in 2002 after making over 250 appearances for the Hertfordshire side.

We now travel to Vicarage Road for the first time since a 1-1 draw in March, 2000 - Steve played in that game - looking to stretch our unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions while Adrian Boothroyd's men aim for their first Premiership win.

"I can certainly see comparisons to when we had our season in the Premiership," said Steve.

"The club has learned from that experience, there is a different group of players there now and they will deal with the situation in a manner they see as appropriate and I hope they are successful at the end of it.

"It's difficult but it's early in the season and a win or two and it will all look very different.

"I'm sure there is a steep learning curve going on with the players and the staff and let's judge them later in the season when they have 20 games under their belts.

"I still live in Watford, I'm around Watford and the best times in my career were at Watford. My professional loyalties are with Tottenham now but I'll be watching out for Watford as well."

Steve played 583 senior matches before retiring in October 2005 and took up his new role at Spurs a month later.

He added: "It's been a transitional period for me, finishing my playing career, which came to a natural end - I'd achieved what I wanted to achieve as a player - and now it's time to forge a new career and hopefully put something back into the game."