First Team 10/09/2019

News: Sánchez Flores’ Staff Confirmed

Pictured left to right: Oscar García, Dean Austin, Juan Carlos Oliva Fornos, Quique Sánchez Flores, Antonio Diaz Carlavilla, Cote Gallardo, Emilio López.

The coaching team that will support the Hornets’ new Head Coach Quique Sánchez Flores has been confirmed.

Antonio Diaz Carlavilla, Juan Carlos Oliva Fornos and Dean Austin will each hold the position of Assistant Coach under the Spaniard, while Emilio López has joined as Goalkeeper Coach.

Oscar García has been appointed Head of Sports Science, and Cote Gallardo is Video Analyst.

Read on for further information on the backroom team.


One of three who worked at Watford under Sánchez Flores in 2015/16, Assistant Coach Diaz Carlavilla also has coaching experience with Real Madrid (youth), Getafe, Espanyol, Al Ahli, Al Ain and Shanghai Shenhua.


Oliva Fornos boasts vast managerial experience in the Spanish second and third divisions and also had a spell in charge of La Liga outfit Alavés. He has previously coached alongside Sánchez Flores at Al Ahli, Al Ain and Espanyol and has also worked in Greece and Cyprus.


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


As a player, López kept goal for the likes of Leganés, Osasuna and Hércules, and has since worked as Goalkeeper Coach at Celta Vigo, Getafe, JEF United Chiba and Shanghai Shenhua.


Head of Sports Science García has worked in the Premier League before with Swansea City, where he served under manager Michael Laudrup, and also counts Numancia, Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Monaco, Espanyol and Shanghai Shenhua among his former clubs.


Back as Video Analyst having held the role at Vicarage Road in 2015/16, Gallardo is a trusted member of Sánchez Flores’ staff having also followed him to Al Ahli, Al Ain, Getafe, Espanyol and Shanghai Shenhua.

Under-18's 10/09/2019

Under-18: “I Hope It's A Lesson Learned”

The Under-18s' winning start to the season finally came to an end on Saturday (September 7) with a 3-0 loss away at Hull City, and Lead Coach Simon Clark wants to dispel complacency in his young Hornets side.

The match was goalless for over an hour on Humberside, but three late goals in a 12-minute spell gave the home side the win.

Watford started brightly, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton firing over after just two minutes, and hit the woodwork twice when the game was still level.

“For the first 25 minutes we moved the ball really well, created really good opportunities, got in fantastic areas,” said Clark. “We didn’t take our chances, for a number of reasons. We had total domination against them and not once did we look threatened but we’ve allowed ourselves to play at a comfortable level. But comfortable does not unlock organised teams.”

Hull broke the deadlock after 70 minutes, doubled their lead three minutes later and added a third on 82 minutes to put the game beyond reach, which Clark puts down to his side taking their foot off the gas.

“Complacency kills, and it kills application and success and we’ve gone out and just played at a level below our best level,” he said. “Hull have gone from being totally outplayed in the first half and come into the game. They didn’t step on, we came off where we were. We weren’t at our levels.”

The young Hornets remain top of the Under-18 Professional Development League South with 12 points from five games, and the Lead Coach is focused on staying there.

“If you’re top of the league, you embrace it and understand why you are there but more importantly what you’ve got to do to stay there,” he said. “We’ve been working on our drive and our will as much as our technical ability and what we’ve done in games.

“They came off and they were absolutely gutted, but what they’ve got to do now is understand that feeling and understand the process. I hope it’s a lesson learned, because we’ve had a good start but now we want to go better than that.”

HORNETS: Baptiste (GK), Conteh, Maclean (Evans, 84), Sankoh, Matthews, Burchell, Harrison, Campbell (Manning, 45), Hutchinson, Lo-Everton, Trialist (Horsewood, 60).

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