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Watford FC Staff Profiles

Óscar Garcia: Head Coach

Óscar Garcia was named the Hornets' new Head Coach in early September 2014.

With coaching experience in the Championship, having taken Brighton & Hove Albion to the 2013/14 Championship Play-Offs, Óscar had previously led Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv into the UEFA Champions League thanks to a 2012/13 league title-winning campaign.

Born in Sabadell, a town in the Barcelona province of Spain, Óscar's playing days were mainly spent under the tutelage of Johan Cruyff as he broke through from the youth ranks to feature in the much-heralded Barcelona first-team of the 1990s.

A disciple of Cruyff's Barcelona coaching style, he won four League titles and European honours while featuring for the Spanish giants.

An attacking midfielder by trade during a playing career which also included spells at Valencia and Espanyol, Óscar's coaching style was developed initially during a stint working on Cruyff's staff as part of Catalonia's national team set-up.

He returned to FC Barcelona to focus on the club's young stars of tomorrow at La Masia, FCB's training facility, for around two years - during which an Óscar-led Under-19s won the treble, before taking up the challenge of senior appointments elsewhere.

Assistant Coach: Ruben Martinez

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Assistant Coach: Javier Pereira

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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.

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

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.