Deeney fails to rule out leaving Watford after relegation heartbreak

Watford was relegated from the Premier League after losing to Arsenal on Sunday and captain Troy Deeney is unsure of his future with the club.

Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney reacts during Watford's 3-2 loss at Arsenal on Sunday. The result saw Watford being relegated from the Premier League.   -  Getty Images

Watford captain Troy Deeney did not rule out the possibility that he may have played his final game for the club after his side was relegated from the Premier League following a 3-2 loss at Arsenal.

“I don't know if this is going to be my last game for Watford. You don't know what the future holds,” he told Sky Sports.

“Things happen in football, people come and go. I've been at this club 10 years. If it is my time to go, it is my time to go. There were bigger and better players here before me, there will probably be bigger and better players after,” he added.

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Deeney said the club had struggled all season long and had shown weaknesses in both defence and attack that other sides had exploited.

“You've got to look at the bigger picture, it's not today, it's not last week, it's a reflection of the past year. We've not quite been good enough, at both ends of the pitch,” he said.

“We can't say that we got it right because ultimately we failed. It is what it is. But the bigger thing is for fans and people at clubs - they'll be here long after the players,” he continued.

He also expressed his sympathy for the wider club structure and how relegation will affect all its staff.

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“It's heartbreaking for the people who work behind the scenes. We feel sorry for them. I'll take the stick on social media, but the harsh reality is that people will probably lose their jobs off it, because we haven't been good enough. As players we have to take that,” he said.

Deeney said his most immediate concern was his knee, with an operation due in days and the new season due to start in mid-September.

“I've got a knee operation that I'll probably be having next week. Then we'll see. Clubs can go in different directions, players can go in different directions, it's what happens,” he said.

- Watford needs to reflect after relegation: interim boss Mullins -

Watford's interim head coach Hayden Mullins says he was partly to blame for the side's relegation from the Premier League after failing to win either of his two games in charge.

“You've got 38 games to stay in the division and ultimately we haven't done enough as a team. It's a tough one to have a look at and we have to give time for everyone to reflect,” Mullins said.

“I always look at myself first. We knew there were two tough games and there was always a possibility that we were going to get beaten. I take it personally, I've been at the club a long time now, the last two games I was in charge.”

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