First Team 1 month ago

Kabasele: “We Need To Be Confident In Ourselves”

Christian Kabasele knows the Watford defence will have their work cut out keeping Manchester City at bay at the Etihad, but doesn’t want to rule out an upset before a ball is kicked.

“In the Premier League, anything is possible, anything can happen,” the centre-back told Premier League Productions on Thursday. “We cannot start the game thinking today we are going to lose and that it’s a question of conceding as few goals as possible.

“We want to play this game 100 per cent. It’s a 50/50 game when we start the game, so we have a chance to win and we will try to do it.”

Norwich City showed last weekend that the reigning champions can be vulnerable by pulling off a shock 3-2 win at Carrow Road, but Manchester City bounced back in style with a 3-0 Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Kabasele knows the Sky Blues will be looking for a win against the Hornets to stay within touching distance of leaders Liverpool in the Premier League too.

“They will want to put things right this weekend, so this is a big challenge,” he said. “We did a very good first-half last season there, so we need to be confident in ourselves.”

Quique Sánchez Flores said in his pre-match press conference that heads have been lifted at London Colney this week, following an inspiring comeback against Arsenal on Sunday, and Kabasele feels the squad have noticed the change in attitude.

“He [Sánchez Flores] talks a lot about the confidence,” said Kabasele. “He says, ‘Look guys you are a very good squad, it’s just a question of being confident now and trying to trust ourselves that we can beat anybody in the league’.

“It will take some time maybe but with the right attitude we can do something. He is really lively in the training, he’s more vocal. He is trying to push us every time on the pitch to do the right thing in the right moment.”

Priority number one for Sánchez Flores is to pick up points and push his team up the table. Kabasele will not ignore the Hornets’ league position, but does not want to get hung up on it so early into the season.

“We are last in the Premier League and we need to not be so much focused on this, as there are only five games played,” he said. “I will not say it’s not really important, but when we look, we are only maybe two or three points off. We need to be focused on ourselves, not look at the league table at the moment and try to get a result at the weekend.”

Ladies 1 month ago

Ladies: Watford FC Ladies Coaching Staff Confirmed

Watford FC Ladies is pleased to reveal that Clinton Lancaster has taken on the role of Head Coach with the Golden Girls.

Having joined the club in October 2016, Lancaster worked as Head Coach for the Development Team. His side had won four straight games in the league when a new opportunity presented itself.

In December 2017, he stepped up to the role of Assistant Coach with the first team. His previous work would prove vital, as several younger players were given opportunities at WSL 2 level.

Lancaster continued in that position last season and now makes the step up yet again, as he becomes the team’s new Head Coach.

“I am so proud to have been given this opportunity of Head Coach of this fantastic club and this excellent group of players,” Lancaster told watfordfc.com. “I, Armand and the rest of the staff are very excited to see where this season can lead us and we are confident it will be one to remember.”

We can confirm that previous Head Coach, Armand Kavaja, will still be working with the ladies as he continues to provide his valuable knowledge in the role of first team coach developer.

Kavaja recently received a new role working with the Watford FC Academy as U15/16 Lead Phase Coach, which will require him to devote more of his time to. All involved with the Golden Girls would like to congratulate Armand on his new position and wish him the very best of luck with it.

“I would like to congratulate Clinton on his new role, he has worked really hard during the three years he has been in the club and deserves the opportunity. I look forward to the season ahead that we have worked on together with the ladies, and working closely with Clinton and the coaching staff to help them all become successful,” Armand Kavaja told watfordfc.com.

The make-up of the rest of the first team coaching staff remains unchanged. Ilirjan Memaj, Pablo Mandiola and Mikolaj Pujdak continue in their positions as Goalkeeping Coach, First Team Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coach respectively.

Laura Dyer stays as Head Coach with the Under-23s and she will continue to be assisted by Amy Shepherd with help from Joanne Williams.

Coaching Staff 2019/20

First Team Head Coach – Clinton Lancaster
Coach Developer - Armand Kavaja
First Team Coach – Pablo Mandiola
Goalkeeping Coach – Ilirjan Memaj
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Mikolaj Pujdak
Under-23 Head Coach – Laura Dyer
Under-23 Assistant Coach – Amy Shepherd
Under-23 Coach – Joanne Williams