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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

Having worked alongside Quique Sanchez Flores throughout his managerial career, Antonio Diaz Carlavilla joined the Hornets boss at Watford in June 2015 as Assistant Coach.


Born in Madrid in February 1968, Carlavilla worked for Spanish giants Real Madrid, coaching their Under-16s, 18s and 21s. 

He then spent periods with Spanish Third Division side C.D. Pegaso and C.D. San Viator in the Fourth Division, before joining Getafe in La Liga. 

Carlavilla’s wealth of experience also includes two periods with Flores in the UAE Pro-league with Al Ahli in the 2011/12 and Al Ain in 2013/14 season. 

Assistant Coach: Alberto Giraldez

Alberto Giraldez has been a committed member of Quique Sanchez Flores' coaching staff, having also worked with him at Getafe, Al Ain and Al Ahli. 

Born in April 1960, he was appointed Assistant Coach at The Vic in the summer of 2015. 

Giraldez has previously plied his trade as Head of Youth Development at Sporting Cristal in Peru before coaching in Spain for Celta Vigo, Sevilla and Valencia. 

Another of Flores' team who has worked at the Bernabeu, Giraldez acted as Coaching Director at Real Madrid between 2009 and 2012, having previously spent five years with the club between 2001 and 2006. 

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: Paolo De Toffol

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.

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.

Goalkeeping Development 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 takes a keen interest in the development of the younger 'keepers at the club. 

Chief Scout: Filippo Giraldi

Fillippo Giraldi spent an almost 10-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 is also responsible for the dressing rooms and all associated equipment for use by the various teams that Watford field. 

Head of Medical: Richard Collinge


Richard Collinge returned to Vicarage Road as Head of Medical in February 2015. 

Having started as an Academy physio in 2002, Collinge worked his way up the ranks before leaving the club in 2011 with former boss Malky Mackay to join Cardiff City. 

He followed Mackay to Wigan Athletic, where he stayed before rejoining the Hornets.

Head Of Sports Science: Gianni Brignardello


Gianni Brignardello has been with Watford since the start of the 2013/14 season.

Brignardello is head of the Sports Science department, with a depth of experience having previously worked in Italy with Sampdoria, Chievo Verona and Parma.

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.

Head Of Prevention & Osteopath: Daniel Reguera


Daniel Reguera, who studied physiotherapy at the University of Madrid, has been with Watford since the start of the 2013/14 season.

Reguera has a wealth of experience, having previously worked in sports physiotherapy with Real Madrid, Granada and Udinese.

First-Team Sports Rehabilitation: Mike Spanou


Joining the Hornets in 2012, Mike Spanou aids the players as part of the club's Sports Rehabilitation team.

Having previously worked for Wolverhampton Wanderers, England's lacrosse team and several private clinics, Spanou now provides bed-based treatment and gym-based rehabilitation.

He also leads injury prevention sessions to keep the squad as fresh as possible.

First-Team Sports Rehabilitation: Moto Watanabe


Moto Watanabe has more than 10 years of experience treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries in both the sports industry and clinical settings.

Watanabe joined the Hornets in October 2012 after previously working in Tokyo, where he worked with amateur and professional athletes, including in sports such as judo and sumo.