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.

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

Xisco Muñoz

Nationality: Spanish

Appointed in December 2020, having been manager of Dinamo Tbilisi and led them to a second successive Georgian league title. Also has coaching experience at Spanish clubs Gimnàstic and Pobla Mafumet.

ASSISTANT

Roberto Cuesta

Nationality: Spanish

Arrived with Muñoz in December 2020, having also worked alongside him at Dinamo Tbilisi.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Antonello Brambilla

Nationality: Italian

Joined Watford from Cagliari in September 2020, when Vladimir Ivic was manager. Became first-team goalkeeper coach, replacing Christos Kelpekis, when Muñoz was appointed.

SCIENCE & MEDICAL

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE

Moises de Hoyo

Nationality: Spanish

Joined the club in February 2021 and is highly experienced, having worked for Seville, Deportivo La Coruna and Levante in his homeland. Qualified as both a physio and sports scientist.

HEAD OF MEDICAL

Dr Ian Hamilton

Nationality: English

Promoted to this new role in 2016.

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.

S&C COACH

Jorge Abella

Nationality: Spanish

Also arrived with Muñoz in December 2020, having worked with him at Dinamo Tbilisi.

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.

ANALYST

Josh Thompson

Nationality: English

Promoted from Academy to first team in November 2020. Responsible For opposition set play analysis and pre and post-match analysis.

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