‘Like American comedy shows with canned laughter’ – Watford boss Pearson ‘can’t stand’ fake crowd noise

The Hornets head coach is against developing a “false atmosphere” in stadiums until supporters are allowed to get back

Watford boss Nigel Pearson has admitted that he ‘can’t stand’ fake crowd noise, which he’s compared to “American comedy shows with canned laughter”.

The Premier League returned nowadays this week, with numerous new systems put in place to improve the experience for players, personnel and supporters watching at home.

One of the more controversial additions has been the introduction of artificial crowd noise, which clubs have the choice to turn on whenever the ball is going of play.

Watford trialled the sounds over their loudspeakers at Vicarage Road within a friendly against Brentford last weekend, and number one goalkeeper Ben Foster was left frustrated by the random interruptions.

“It really annoyed me,” Foster said post-match. “Everybody agreed we’d rather not have it.”

Pearson echoed the English shot-stopper’s sentiments during a press conference on Thursday, while revealing that Watford won’t be using the system again if they place host to Leicester on Saturday.

He said: “What we’ve got to do is just deal with the specific situation, our stadium will be the identical to every other stadium – no supporters.

“It is a real shame, let’s be honest this game is for supporters. It would be nice to have our fans here, but they aren’t so it is the method that you are able to deal with the specific situation.

“Hopefully our players should be able to isolate most of the emotional side of it and deal with a sterile environment.

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“We are not overly keen on – I don’t know if you prefer American comedy shows, I can’t stand them with canned laughter – so we don’t intend to create an environment where there is a false atmosphere.

“We have to deal with our very own situation and know that our fans are extremely much behind us. We know that anyway, we are a club which has an identity in the community and the way the club has supported that community during the pandemic has been very, excellent.

“Every club is in the same situation, we just have to try and win as many games as possible and deal with an unusual set of circumstances.”