Where is Dean Austin now?
It is fair to say that Dean Austin isn’t a household name but the former defender was an important member of Tottenham Hotspur’s defence in the mid-nineties.
After leaving Spurs in 1998 due to the emergence of Stephen Carr, Austin spent four seasons at Crystal Palace before finishing his career in 2003 with non-league side Woking.
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Upon retiring from playing, Austin went straight into coaching and spent a year with the youngsters at Watford’s academy before joining Farnborough Town as the club’s director of football.
He was in the job for a matter of weeks before he was asked to take over the team as manager just two weeks before the start of the season.
Unfortunately during Austin’s time at the club they endured a number of off-the-field problems and he left in February 2005.
Austin wasn’t out of work for long and joined his former side Southend United in July 2005 as a coach and the club’s head of recruitment.
He enjoyed three successful years at Roots Hall, helping the side to two successive promotions before leaving to join Brendan Rodgers as his assistant manager at Watford.
Austin was on his travels once again in 2009 when Rodgers left Watford to join Reading but this appointment was short-lived and the entire management team left six months later after a terrible run of form.
He then spent a year back at former side Crystal Palace as first team coach and under 21 manager and then a year at Bolton Wanderers as a regional scout before a very brief spell at Notts County as Chris Kiwomya‘s assistant manager.
In January 2015 Austin re-joined Watford as head coach Slavisa Jokanovic’s assistant coach where he played an important role in getting them promoted to the Premier League.
Austin stayed on at the club when Jokanovic left and spent the 2015-16 season working with Quique Sanchez Flores.
He left in May 2016 upon the appointment of Italian manager Walter Mazzarri who brought in his own Italian backroom staff to assist him.
Dean Austin made a return to football in September 2017 when he joined Northampton Town as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink‘s assistant manager.
When Hasselbaink was sacked in April 2018 Austin took over first-team affairs on a caretaker basis.
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Dean Austin: Premier League Statistics
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