David Watson

Where is David Watson now?

Barnsley born and bred and a one-club man, goalkeeper David 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, he 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, he 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, he moved to Norwich City where he linked up once again with Chris Hughton whom he worked under at Birmingham City.

Whilst at Norwich, he coached another England goalkeeper in John Ruddy.

In July 2014, Watson joined Ronald Koeman’s new look coaching set up at Southampton whilst retaining 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.

In July 2019, Watson was promoted to First Team Assistant Coach under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

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