Watford owner Giampaolo Pozzo has insisted he wants to keep the Hornets ‘at a high level’ for as long as possible.

Watford are back in the Premier League this season after returning from the Championship last season under Spaniard Xisco Munoz.

After a difficult start to life back in the top flight, they’ve already swapped managers, sacking Xisco to bring in Claudio Ranieri as his replacement.

The Italian is already working his magic at the club, with the weekend’s demolition of Manchester United one of several impressive results he’s picked up since his arrival.

That left Watford 16th in the table and four points away from the relegation zone heading into this weekend, meaning there is still plenty of work to be done over the rest of the campaign.

It’s a similar story for Pozzo’s other club, Udinese, who are currently 15th in Serie A and five points from the bottom three.

They just about avoided relegation last season as well, and Pozzo says it is his intention to keep them and Watford at the top for as long as possible.

“We put our face to it, and our interest is to keep both teams at a high level,” he told Tuttosport.

“You know, in our family, we are a bit like that: where he goes, a Pozzo takes a team for relaxation and fun.

“First we were in Spain, and we took Granada, now we are in London, and we bought Watford. But I’m in Udine, and I’m staying with Udinese.”