Watford staff profiles

Pen pics of Watford's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.

MANAGER/ TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

MANAGER

Javi Gracia

Nationality: Spanish

Took over from Marco Silva in January 2018. Has managed in Spain, Greece and Russia.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Filippo Giraldi

Nationality: Italian

Watched the Hornets for the Pozzo family prior to their takeover in 2012. Promoted from chief scout to current role in 2016.

COACHING

ASSISTANT

Jesus Casas

Nationality: Spanish

Spent three years at Barcelona as part of Luis Enrique’s coaching set-up. Worked under Gracia at Cádiz.

ASSISTANT

Zigor Aranalde

Nationality: Spanish

Arrived from Mallorca, where he was senior scout. Played for the likes of Walsall & Sheffield Wednesday before becoming International Scouting & Recruitment Manager at Brighton.

ASSISTANT

Juan Solla

Nationality: Spanish

Worked alongside Gracia at Cádiz, Villarreal B, Malaga and, most recently, Rubin Kazan.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Inigo Arteaga

Nationality: Spanish

Was GK coach under Gracia at Cádiz, Villarreal B, Olympiakos Volou, Kerkyra, Almeria, Osasuna, Malaga & Rubin Kazan.

SCIENCE & MEDICAL

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Emilio Lopez-Vidriero

Nationality: Spanish

Brought in in January 2018 because of the club's "frustrating injury record". Runs a private practice in Seville, where he treats many athletes.

HEAD OF MEDICAL

Dr Ian Hamilton

Nationality: English

Promoted to this new role in 2016.

PHYSIO

Pete Webb

Nationality: English

Recruited from Leyton Orient, where he was Head Physio, in March 2017.

CONSULTANT NUTRITIONIST

Scott Robinson

Nationality: English

Also works for Aston Villa and Norwich and has clients in F1, boxing and UFC.

REHAB SPECIALIST

Michael Spanou

Nationality: English

With the Hornets since September 2012. Previously worked for England lacrosse.

ANALYSTS

PERFORMANCE ANALYST

James Best

Nationality: English

Joined as an intern in July 2014. Full-time since August 2016.

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