Watford have endured a difficult campaign after managing just six wins in the league from 31 matches.

Roy Hodgson’s side are currently 19th in the table with 22 points, trailing 17th place Everton by six points, but the latter have a game in hand.

Watford started the campaign with Xisco in charge at Vicarage Road, and despite having guided them return to the topflight, the Spaniard was shown the exit door, less than two months into the season.

Claudio Ranieri was appointed as Xisco’s successor on October 4th, but even he failed to improve the situation at the club. The ex-Leicester City manager was sacked in January and replaced by Hodgson the same month.

Watford sporting director Cristiano Giaretta didn’t hold back to give his honest assessment of his side’s campaign so far.

“The Premier League level is very complicated; we could have done more but everything is still open even if we have complicated our lives. The team is built to stay in the Premier League, then you know, the ball is round…” Giaretta told TuttoMercatoWeb.

When told it has been ‘complicated’ season for Watford, their Italian chief explained: “The project continues, it goes on. We knew the Premier would be difficult. We are looking at the health of the club, which is from the Premier League. We will soon be present at the top of the ranking. We have to rely on hard work.”

TMW pressed Giaretta about his own position at Watford. Responding to that, he said: “I’m very comfortable here, it’s a great experience. I hope to stay for a long time.”