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.
Well known to English fans, having led Chelsea to second place in the Premier League and the Champions League semi-finals and, most famously of all, Leicester to the title in 2016. This is his fifth decade as a manager, having started out with Vigor Lamezia in 1986.
Has worked with Ranieri since 2007 - a run taking in 11 teams. Was part of the staff that won the Premier League with Leicester in 2016.
Played under Ranieri at Cagliari and Napoli. Joined him as his assistant at Nantes in 2017 and has been with him ever since, at Fulham, Roma, Sampdoria and now Watford.
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 MEDICAL
Dr Ian Hamilton
Promoted to this new role in 2016.
HEAD OF PERFORMANCE
Highly experienced, having worked for the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in his homeland and then for some of the biggest clubs in China and the Middle East. Joined in June 2021 from Shabab Al Ahli, where he was Head of Performance.
Ranieri took him to Monaco in 2012 and Spignoli stayed there (even after the boss had been sacked) for a total of seven years. Rejoined him at Sampdoria in October 2019.
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.
Brother of the Head Coach and also arrived at the club in December 2020, having previously spent a season with Valencia in La Liga.