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Watford FC Staff Profiles

Head Coach: Beppe Sannino

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Shirt Sponsor: Jon Brydon from H2o Aquatics Ltd

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. 

Youth Team (Under-18) Coach: David Hughes 

The Hornets appointed David Hughes to the position of Youth Team Coach in September 2011. He left a position as Head of Youth at Shrewsbury Town to take up a new challenge with Watford.  

A UEFA 'A' licenced coach, as well as being a qualified in Sports Science, Hughes had a playing career which started at Aston Villa and included spells with the Shrews and Cardiff City. 

He gained coaching experience within Cardiff's Academy set-up, as well as part of the Barry Town management team, before taking up the Head of Youth role in Shropshire in 2009.

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.

Scouting Co-Ordinator: Luke Warrington 

Luke Warrington is a domestic scout for Watford FC. A graduate from the University of Sussex, Luke previously worked as a QA Tester at Sports interactive for two years, as well as forming part of the scouting team at Portsmouth FC prior to joining Watford in July of 2012. 

Head of Medical: Marco Cesarini

Marco Cesarini joined the club in July 2012, becoming the club’s Head of Medical having previously plied his trade during two spells with Brescia in Serie A as an Osteopath, either side of holding the role of Head of Injury Prevention at West Ham United.  

Kit Manager: Will Jones

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. 

Sport Scientist: Ben Dixon

Dixon has been at Watford since 2008 where he started as an intern in the Sports Science department. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Sports Science 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 U18s fitness and injured player rehabilitation.

Head Of Sports Science: Gianni Brignardello

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