Watford staff profiles

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FOOTBALL EXECUTIVES

CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Scott Duxbury

Nationality: English

Qualified as a lawyer and worked in that capacity for West Ham before becoming their chief executive. His time at Upton Park was controversial though, with the club fined £30m because of the Carlos Tevez affair, and he left in 2010 when David Gold and David Sullivan took over. Has been at Watford since 2012, when the Pozzo family took over, and is a key figure on both the football and business sides of the club.

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.

SPORTING DIRECTOR

Cristiano Giaretta

Nationality: Italian

Appointed in August 2020. Knows the Pozzos well from his time as Sporting Director at Udinese. Was credited with discovering a young Bruno Fernandes when he was at Novara in Serie B in 2012.

ANALYSIS & SCOUTING

Miguel Rios

Nationality: English

Joined from Opta Pro, where he was Head of Football, in August 2020. Highly experienced, having held senior recruitment roles with Fulham, Wolves and Brentford.

COACHING

HEAD COACH

Vladimir Ivic

Nationality: Serbian

Won two league titles with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and has also managed Paok Salonika. Appointed in August 2020.

ASSISTANT

Miloš Veselinovic

Nationality: Serbian

Uefa Pro Licence holder who coached at several Serbian teams before assisting Ivic at Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Christos Kelpekis

Nationality: Greek

First worked with Ivic at Paok Salonika and went with him to Maccabi Tel-Aviv and now Watford.

SCIENCE & MEDICAL

HEAD OF MEDICAL

Dr Ian Hamilton

Nationality: English

Promoted to this new role in 2016.

DOCTOR

Matthew Ogunsanya

Nationality: English

Joined as Academy doctor in July 2017 and promoted to first team a year later.

SPORTS SCIENTIST

Lee Stafford

Nationality: English

Joined the club as an intern in October 2015. Went full time with the U21s in July 2016 and promoted to the first team in July 2018.

PHYSIO

Pete Webb

Nationality: English

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

PHYSIO

Daniel Simm

Nationality: English

Was U23 physio for a year before becoming Head of Medical at Peterborough in June 2018. That role only lasted five months, before Simm returned to Watford as first-team physio in October 2018.

ANALYSTS

PERFORMANCE ANALYST

James Best

Nationality: English

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

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