Under-23's 07/08/2018

Sarll: “I'm Eager To Get My Teeth Into It”

Darren Sarll has spoken to the watfordfc.com cameras for the first time since joining the club this summer as part of Watford's Academy management team.

Ex-Stevenage manager Sarll will specialise in working with the older age groups as Head of Academy - Professional Development, and will work alongside Barry Quin, Head of Academy - Coaching and Development.

Meanwhile, Tony Parks has also joined the club as Head of Academy Goalkeeping.

Watch the full interview with Sarll above - no sign-up required - or read on below for some key snippets.


On his new role

“My role here is to specifically work with the older age groups, while also sharing the Head of Academy position.

“The biggest priority for me day-to-day is to work with the Under-18s and Under-23s, putting my experience into coaching and delivery, and managing the whole project.”

On his management history

“I had six years at Stevenage. I came through from Academy manager to first-team manager.

“It was a wonderfully brutal experience - frustrating, euphoric, and a real great learning curve for me. It was a really good experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had two and-a-half years as manager, which I guess in this modern-day is not a bad term to have.”

On working with the other coaches

“There's some really good people here. First and foremost they are really good human beings, good personalities. We've got good staff - support staff, sports science, medical and recruitment staff.

“I'm excited to work with Hayden Mullins. When I came to watch Under-23 games here as manager of Stevenage, I always thought he came across very well and he was someone I'd like to work with, and hopefully help.

“As for Tony Parks, for me he is the best goalkeeping coach in the country at Academy level, and he would be up there in terms of first-team as well.”

First Team 06/08/2018

Official: Lukebakio Loaned Out

Hornets winger Dodi Lukebakio's season-long loan move to Fortuna Düsseldorf has today been finalised.

The 20-year-old initially linked up with the Bundesliga outfit following Watford's pre-season training camp in Austria, and the temporary transfer has today been completed.

Signed in January from Anderlecht, the Belgium Under-21 international made his Hornets debut against West Ham at the London Stadium in February.