Ladies 10/09/2019

Ladies: Ward On Track For Injury Return

Helen Ward is on track to make a return from injury and will be back in full training this week, according to Head Coach Armand Kavaja.

The Wales international striker missed Sunday's defeat to Cardiff with a calf problem picked up late last month, but she was running at nearly full speed before the game at Kings Langley and looks set to play some part in the National League soon.

“She has been training and doing bits and pieces,” said Kavaja. “We have to take care of her as we don't want it to happen again, but she's better and we are hoping she will be back next week.”

The Golden Girls badly missed Ward's ruthless streak in front of goal against the Bluebirds. Kavaja's team carved out chance after chance but just missed someone of Ward's nous and experience to tuck the ball away.

“We did miss her,” said Kavaja. “We just didn't have that composure in front of goal or make the right decision. Helen has that experience and could have got one or two goals. It's frustrating not to win, but we've got to look forward as we've got a good squad.”

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.