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Watford FC Staff Profiles

Head Coach: Slavisa Jokanovic

Former Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro international Slavisa Jokanovic was appointed Head Coach at Watford FC in October 2014.

After a playing career which spanned three countries, including La Liga in Spain and a two-year stint at Chelsea in the Premier League, Jokanovic led Partizan Belgrade to an unprecedented 'double double' in the Serbian League - the SuperLiga and Serbian Cup - two seasons in succession, 2007/08 and 2008/09.

He added to his coaching experiences after Belgrade with a title-winning spell in Thailand at Muangthong United in 2012/13, a campaign which saw the club remain unbeaten throughout.

He also served Levski Sofia, in Bulgaria's A Group, as well as Spanish club Hercules, before arriving at Vicarage Road.

Assistant Coach: Ruben Martinez

Ruben Martinez joined the Hornets as Assistant Coach in September 2014, initially working with then Head Coach Oscar Garcia but now part of Slavisa Jokanovic's backroom team.

The Spaniard's most recent coaching roles came as Goalkeeping Coach at Brighton & Hove Albion and Assistant Coach with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and he also previously worked with Barcelona's youth team.

A goalkeeper during his playing days with Barcelona B and Barcelona C, Martinez also turned out for Spanish outfits Deportivo Leon, Zamora, Novelda, Hercules and Badalona before retiring in 2010.

Assistant Coach: Javier Pereira

Appointed Assistant Coach at Watford in September 2014, Javier Pereira brought with him a wealth of coaching experience in Spanish football.

Pereira filled the assistant role with Real Valladolid and Levante - reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League during his spell with the latter club - as well as FC Cartagena, Albacete Balompie and Salamanca.

The Spaniard was also Head Coach at Deportivo Alaves, Don Benito and Badajoz B.

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


Bio to follow...


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.