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News: Sánchez Flores’ Staff Confirmed

Pictured left to right: Oscar García, Dean Austin, Juan Carlos Oliva Fornos, Quique Sánchez Flores, Antonio Diaz Carlavilla, Cote Gallardo, Emilio López.

The coaching team that will support the Hornets’ new Head Coach Quique Sánchez Flores has been confirmed.

Antonio Diaz Carlavilla, Juan Carlos Oliva Fornos and Dean Austin will each hold the position of Assistant Coach under the Spaniard, while Emilio López has joined as Goalkeeper Coach.

Oscar García has been appointed Head of Sports Science, and Cote Gallardo is Video Analyst.

Read on for further information on the backroom team.


One of three who worked at Watford under Sánchez Flores in 2015/16, Assistant Coach Diaz Carlavilla also has coaching experience with Real Madrid (youth), Getafe, Espanyol, Al Ahli, Al Ain and Shanghai Shenhua.


Oliva Fornos boasts vast managerial experience in the Spanish second and third divisions and also had a spell in charge of La Liga outfit Alavés. He has previously coached alongside Sánchez Flores at Al Ahli, Al Ain and Espanyol and has also worked in Greece and Cyprus.


Now in his third spell coaching the Hornets, having previously worked under Brendan Rodgers, Slaviša Jokanović and Sánchez Flores, ex-Crystal Palace and Tottenham defender Austin started his playing days in Watford’s youth team and was most recently manager at Northampton Town.


As a player, López kept goal for the likes of Leganés, Osasuna and Hércules, and has since worked as Goalkeeper Coach at Celta Vigo, Getafe, JEF United Chiba and Shanghai Shenhua.


Head of Sports Science García has worked in the Premier League before with Swansea City, where he served under manager Michael Laudrup, and also counts Numancia, Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Monaco, Espanyol and Shanghai Shenhua among his former clubs.


Back as Video Analyst having held the role at Vicarage Road in 2015/16, Gallardo is a trusted member of Sánchez Flores’ staff having also followed him to Al Ahli, Al Ain, Getafe, Espanyol and Shanghai Shenhua.

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Internationals: Mariappa's Jamaica Flying High

Adrian Mariappa kept a second clean sheet in four days for Jamaica last night, as the Reggae Boyz comfortably defeated Guyana 4-0 to stay top of their CONCACAF Nations League group.

It’s now 10 goals scored and none conceded by Jamaica, who defeated Antigua and Barbuda 6-0 on Saturday, with Mariappa also playing 90 minutes.

Another Hornets centre-half was in action across the Atlantic last night, as Craig Cathcart returned to the centre of Northern Ireland’s defence.

Cathcart could not keep Germany at bay, however, conceding second half goals from Marcel Halstenberg and Serge Gnabry as the team lost 2-0 and slipped to second in their UEFA European Championship qualifying group.

Northern Ireland are now behind Germany on goal difference and three points ahead of the Netherlands, who have a game in hand.

Elsewhere, Bosun Lawal played the first hour for the Republic of Ireland Under-17s in a friendly match against Russia in Spain, suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Ben Wilmot was unused by Aidy Boothroyd as England Under-21s beat Kosovo 2-0 in a UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier.

Lewis Gordon was also not used by Scotland Under-19s in their 3-2 friendly loss against Japan.