Watford staff profiles
CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE
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.
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.
Has been in football management for almost 50 years and Watford are his 17th club in eight countries. Worked for the Pozzo family during a brief spell in charge of Udinese. Also led Fulham to the Europa League final in 2010 and guided England to the quarter-finals at Euro 2012. Spent nearly four years as Crystal Palace boss, which many had assumed would be his last managerial job.
Managed Watford between 2002 and 2005 and has become best known as Hodgson's number two after that. Was his assistant at Fulham in 2007 before working for England, Palace and now the Hornets. Their relationship started in 1974. Lewington has said: “Roy actually took me for my preliminary coaching badge when I was 18 and thankfully he passed me at that stage.”
Joined Watford from Cagliari in September 2020, when Vladimir Ivic was manager. Became first-team goalkeeper coach, replacing Christos Kelpekis, when Muñoz was appointed.
PERFORMANCE & MEDICAL
HEAD OF MEDICAL
Dr Ian Hamilton
Promoted to this new role in 2016.
Joined club in November 2020, having been assistant at Deportivo Alavés in La Liga. Was a teacher in Málaga before moving into coaching and performance analysis in 2005. As well as various roles in the Spanish leagues, including three spells at Málaga CF, has worked for FC Dnipro in the Ukranian Premier League and for the Panama national team.
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.
Also arrived with Muñoz in December 2020, having worked with him at Dinamo Tbilisi.
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.
HEAD OF ANALYSIS & TALENT ID
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.
LEAD FIRST TEAM ANALYST
Worked for Tottenham for three-and-a-half years, latterly as Head of Academy Analysis, before joining Watford in June 2021.
LEAD ANALYST AND TACTICAL ASSISTANT
Brother of the Head Coach and also arrived at the club in December 2020, having previously spent a season with Valencia in La Liga.