Where is David Watson now?
Barnsley born and bred and a one club man, goalkeeper Dave Watson’s playing career was cruelly cut short due to a knee injury in 2001.
A former England under 21 player, Watson was in goal for the majority of Barnsley’s one and only season in the Premier League in 1997-98.
Upon retiring, Dave Watson worked his way up the coaching ladder and worked as a goalkeeper coach at Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest and also the England U19 national side.
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Watson’s reputation as one of the best goalkeeping coaches in the country was garnered when he replaced Nigel Spink at Birmingham City in 2008.
Whilst at Birmingham City, Watson coached and developed future England internationals Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Jack Butland leading to an invite from Roy Hodgson to work with the England senior keepers.
In 2012, Watson was on the move to Norwich City where he linked up once again with Chris Hughton whom he worked under at Birmingham City. Whilst at Norwich, Watson coached another England goalkeeper in John Ruddy.
In July 2014, Dave Watson joined Ronald Koeman’s new look coaching set up at Southampton. He also remained in his goalkeeping coach role with the England national side.
When Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager in July 2016, Watson was one of the few backroom team that stayed in their role but he left when Sam Allardyce was eventually appointed.
Later that month, he was promoted from his goalkeeper coach role at Southampton to head of goalkeeping at the club.
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Dave Watson: Premier League Statistics
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