Watford captain Deeney admits he used to be ‘a right ****’

Date published: Tuesday 5th May 2020 10:18 - Joe Williams

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Troy Deeney admits he used to be a “a right ****” but it wasn’t until Sean Dyche became Watford manager in 2011 that he started to change his ways.

The Birmingham-born striker started off his professional career at Walsall before making the move to Watford in 2010 for £500,000.

Since then, Deeney has made 388 appearances for Watford in all competitions and scored 129 goals to make him a club legend.

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However, Deeney admits there was a time when he struggled with drinking and anger issues, while he is currently getting “professional help” to talk through his life.

“The hardest thing for anyone is to admit you have a problem and then to act on it,” Deeney told talkSPORT.

“I genuinely used to love a drink. I lived for the weekends and if that ended up in a scrap, so be it.

“That was the environment I grew up in. It was normal for me to act that way because everyone did it.

“Now I look back and think, ‘What an idiot’ — but I’d never change my past because it genuinely made me who I am today.

“I am still working on being completely teetotal and the anger issues are a work in progress.

“There’s a lot of deep-rooted stuff in terms of my childhood and not being happy with aspects of my life.

“All of this I’m doing with professional help. Every Monday, from 2pm until 5pm, I sit and talk and try to peel back the layers of the onion that is me.


“Once I’ve worked it all out, I’ll happily tell everyone the key but therapy is not for everyone and anyone who says it’s fun is lying.

“It’s a release and I do feel a lot of pressure and weight coming out. But for the next day I’m very tired, just from the emotional hit I take from offloading everything.”

In a long interview, Deeney added: “But at Watford, Malky Mackay and Sean Dyche were very strict in terms of the group mattering more than the individual.

“Malky tried his best to rein me in, putting his neck on the line for me. I massively let him down.

“I was on £5,000 a week, which was enough to buy a house where I was from, and I was still hanging around with all my old mates.

“To be honest, I just turned into a right ****. There’s no other way of saying it.

“Dychey couldn’t stand me when he was Malky’s assistant because I took the mick out of people and didn’t warrant his trust.

“So when he took over as manager in 2011 it was the biggest turning point in my life. That was when I became a man.

“We went to France for pre-season training and Dychey literally tried to break me every day for ten days.

“But I refused to quit on any of the runs we did and even on the few nights out we had, when he was going ‘Troy will get drunk’, I didn’t touch a drop.

“I kept ploughing away and every time he brought a new striker in or tried to sell me, I was going, ‘Doesn’t matter, I’m still going to be here’.”


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