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Watford FC Staff Profiles

Head Coach: Enrique Sanchez Flores

Former Real Madrid and Valencia defender Enrique 'Quique' Sanchez Flores was appointed Head Coach at Watford FC in June 2015. The former Spanish international signed a two year contract with the club.

 

His playing career saw him turn out for Valencia, Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza, whilst he also represented Spain at U18, U21 and U23 level, as well as making 15 appearances for the senior side. He was also impressively selected for the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad.

 

Flores boasts an impressive CV in the role of Head Coach, with Getafe, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Benfica among his eight managerial stints before his arrival at Vicarage Road.

 

After moving from Getafe to Valencia in 2005, Flores guided his new side to third place in La Liga during his first season in charge, resulting in qualification for the UEFA Champions League. The side went on to reach the quarter final stage, but were knocked out by Chelsea.

 

The following campaign culminated in a fourth placed finish, which meant that the side secured UEFA Champions League football for second season in a row.

 

Flores went on to manage the Atletico Madrid side that won the Europa League in the 2009/10 campaign, before a spell in the United Arab Emirates followed.

 

January 2015 saw the manager return to Getafe briefly, before his arrival at The Vic in the summer of the same year.

Assistant Coach: Antonio Diaz Carlavilla

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Assistant Coach: Alberto Giraldez

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Assistant Coach: Dean Austin

Born in Hemel Hempstead, ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Dean Austin was named the Hornets' Assistant Coach in January 2015.

He was previously Assistant Manager at Vicarage Road during Brendan Rodgers' time at the club from 2008-09, and had also featured for Watford's Academy as a schoolboy.

Austin made nearly 450 appearances during a playing career which included spells with Spurs, Southend United and Crystal Palace.

Goalkeeping Coach: Alec Chamberlain

Alec Chamberlain is a Watford legend having played for the Hornets in well over 250 games since he moved from Sunderland for a paltry £40,000 in 1996. 

The goalkeeper enjoyed a testimonial season in 2005/06 and retired after appearing as a substitute in Watford's final Premier League fixture in 2006/07 against Newcastle United.

Appointed to the coaching staff in between those dates, Alec is now a long-standing and well respected member of the Hornets' backroom staff. He now focuses on the goalkeepers at Vicarage Road and takes a keen interest in the development of the younger 'keepers at the club. 

Paolo De Toffol: Goalkeeping Coach

Paolo De Toffol joined the Hornets' coaching staff in December 2013. 

The goalkeeping coach spent his entire playing career in Italy, playing in Serie B and C, featuring for the likes of Padova, Monza and Cuzarano.

De Toffol shares duties with Alec Chamberlain, working with the Golden Boys’ first-team ‘keepers as well as the full-time Academy scholars.

Vastly experienced as a coach with over 10 years of experience, De Toffol has held coaching positions at Padova, Treviso and Vicenza, as well as with Cagliari and Chievo in Seria A before joining the Hornets.

He has also coached some of the best goalkeepers in Italian football including Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, AC Milan’s Samir Handanovic and Torino’s Jean-Francois Gillet and Vlada Avramov.

Chief Scout: Filippo Giraldi

Fillippo Girladi spent an almost ten-year spell in Tuscany as General Director of Serie C side AC Prato between 2001 and 2011, prior to two years as Brescia Chief Scout and Academy Director. He adds a vast experience in football scouting to the Watford ranks, overseeing the club's scouting operation at home and abroad.

Kit Manager: Will Jones

Will Jones is responsible for the training kit and match kit for all members of the football staff.

On a matchday he and his assistant Craig Charles are also responsible for the dressing rooms and all associated equipment for use by the various teams that Watford field. 

Head Of Sports Science: Gianni Brignardello


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Sport Scientist: Ben Dixon

Ben Dixon has been at Watford since 2008 when he started as an intern in the Sports Science department. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Sports Science and then went on to do an MSC in the subject at London Metropolitan University.

He spent the next two years as an intern with the Hornets before progressing to the Assistant Fitness Coach role in the 2010-11 season. He is responsible for the first-team and Under-18s fitness and injured player rehabilitation.