First Team 21/05/2016

Official | Walter Mazzarri Appointed Head Coach At Watford

WATFORD FOOTBALL CLUB is delighted to announce that it has reached agreement with Italian Walter Mazzarri to become its Head Coach with effect from July 1, 2016.

The 54-year old, who enjoyed a 15-year playing career in his home country, has a wealth of experience managing in the top-flight in Italy and has signed a three-year contract at Vicarage Road. 

Hornets' CEO Scott Duxbury said of Mazzarri's appointment: "Walter has been the target of a number of approaches for his services, so we're delighted to secure him as Head Coach here at Watford. 

"We're thoroughly looking forward to working with such a highly-regarded coach, with the progress and development of the club always remaining the highest priority." 

During his time in Serie A, Mazzarri has twice reached the Coppa Italia final with Sampdoria and Napoli - as well as guiding the latter to a second-place finish. 

His most recent appointment was made in 2013, when he joined Italian giants Inter Milan as Head Coach. 

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First Team 20/05/2016

Gomes | “This Is More Than Special”

HEURELHO GOMES was both emotional and overjoyed as he addressed guests at the club's prestigious 2015/16 End of Season Awards Evening at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

The Brazliian goalkeeper took home three trophies - Individual Performance of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and Player of the Season - and the 35-year-old was particularly pleased with the latter, given that it was voted for largely by Watford's supporters. 

"It's not easy [winning this award] because in the team we've got players like Troy Deeney, Craig Cathcart and Ben Watson, and the whole team makes me feel good at the back," said Gomes, immediately after collecting the Player of the Season award. 

"This is more than special, because it comes from you guys [the fans]. It has been a pleasure to play for you and I will try to do my best all the time to put Watford where we want to. 

"Well done to you guys because you make the club and we need you. 

"If we stick together and if you stay behind the club, like we did this season, we are going to achieve great things in the future." 

As well as thanking the fans, Gomes was also keen to express his gratitude to teammates and colleagues after being chosen by the Hornets' squad as 2015/16 Players' Player of the Season. 

"First of all I praise the Lord for this opportunity and for this very special moment for me, and my family as well," he said. 

"I need to mention the whole of Watford FC, but one guy in particular - Paolo [De Toffol], our goalkeeper coach. When I first came he told me that he would help me go back to my level again, and we did it together. 

"My teammates have also been great with me, they have helped me a lot and I've learned a lot with them as well. When I put on a Watford shirt I try my best to help you guys and I will keep trying all the time, and I will try to get better and better every day." 

Two seasons have now passed since Gomes signed for Watford, and the former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper says it's a move which has helped him recapture his finest form in between the posts. 

"God has been great with me, to give me a chance to play for a very special club like Watford," he said. 

"I had a few difficult years at Spurs but I never gave up and I knew that I was going to be back at my best again, and you guys have helped me." 

He added: "Thank you very much for this special night. When I came to Watford I came to help them get better every day, to be recognised in the Premier League, to be recognised in the world, and in Brazil they are now talking about Watford. 

"Every time they ask me to do interviews for Brazilian TV they always ask why I chose Watford, and I say it's because of what this club and the owner want to achieve. 

"We have a great potential and I'm very happy to be part of it."