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.

COACHING

HEAD COACH

Quique Sanchez Flores

Nationality: Spanish

Was a distinguished player, making more than 300 appearances for Valencia, Real Madrid and Zaragoza, as well as winning 15 caps for Spain. A well-travelled manager, having worked in Spain, Portugal, the United Emirates and China, as well as England. Led Watford to 13th place and the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 2015/16, but was sacked at the end of the season.

ASSISTANT

Antonio Diaz Carlavilla

Nationality: Spanish

Worked under Sánchez Flores at Watford in 2015/16 and has been his right-hand man for much of his managerial career. Has worked with Real Madrid (youth), Getafe, Espanyol, Al Ahli, Al Ain and Shanghai Shenhua.

ASSISTANT

Juan Carlos Oliva Fornos

Nationality: Spanish

Has managerial experience in the second and third divisions in Spain and also had a spell in charge of Alavés in La Liga. Worked alongside Sánchez Flores at Al Ahli, Al Ain and Espanyol.

ASSISTANT

Dean Austin

Nationality: English

Now in his third spell coaching the Hornets, having previously worked under Brendan Rodgers, Slaviša Jokanovi? and Sánchez Flores. The ex-Crystal Palace and Tottenham defender started his playing days in Watford’s youth team and was most recently manager of Northampton Town.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Emilio Lopez

Nationality: Spanish

Kept goal for the likes of Leganés, Osasuna and Hércules in Spain. Has worked as a coach at Celta Vigo, Getafe, JEF United Chiba and Shanghai Shenhua.

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 SPORTS SCIENCE

Oscar Garcia

Nationality: Spanish

Has worked in the Premier League before, under manager Michael Laudrup at Swansea City. Also counts Numancia, Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Monaco, Espanyol and Shanghai Shenhua among his former clubs.

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.

REHAB SPECIALIST

Michael Spanou

Nationality: English

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

ANALYSTS

VIDEO ANALYST

Cote Gallardo

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PERFORMANCE ANALYST

James Best

Nationality: English

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

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