Dave Watson

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Personal Details Last updated 03 Aug 2021
First Team Assistant Coach
Joined Saints
June 2014
Dave Watson

Dave Watson Biography

Last updated 03 Aug 2021

Barnsley-born coach Dave Watson made the move to Saints in 2014, when he left his post at Norwich City to head to the south coast.

As a player, Watson enjoyed a decade-long career with his hometown club, helping them win promotion to the summit of English football in 1997 before being the club’s number one for their first, and only to date, Premier League campaign.

Despite suffering relegation with the Tykes that year, Watson – who collected five England Under-21 caps in the mid-1990s – was tipped for success, but had to hang up his boots in 2001 at the age of 28 following a serious knee injury sustained two years earlier.

After cutting his coaching teeth with the likes of Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest and England Under-19s, Watson helped to hone the skills of future England custodians Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Jack Butland at Birmingham City.

He arrived at St Mary’s from Carrow Road, having also spent the summer of 2014 working under England manager Roy Hodgson at the World Cup in Brazil.

Watson signed a new deal, becoming the club's Head of Goalkeeping, ahead of the start of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, before moving up to becoming a First Team Assistant Coach under Ralph Hasenhüttl in July 2019.