Norwich City goalkeeping coach Dave Watson joins Southampton

Norwich City goalkeeping coach Dave Watson is in talks with Southampton. Picture: Action Images / Paul Harding Norwich City goalkeeping coach Dave Watson is in talks with Southampton. Picture: Action Images / Paul Harding

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
10:45 AM

Southampton have confirmed the appointment of England goalkeeping coach Dave Watson from Norwich City.

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The Canaries confirmed Watson was in talks with the Saints yesterday and the Premier League club have today confirmed that Watson has joined new manager Ronald Koeman’s backroom team.

Watson joins former Liverpool assistant manager Sammy Lee, who will serve as first-team assistant coach, and former Canaries first-team coach Martin Hunter.

Hunter, who was first-team coach at Carrow Road during both Nigel Worthington and Peter Grant’s times as manager at City, is promoted to technical director after four years in charge of the Saints’ development squad.

Executive director Les Reed, speaking to Southampton’s website, said: “I am extremely happy that we have been able to appoint three highly-respected and talented coaches to these important positions in our coaching structure.

“Sammy has a wealth of experience from his time with Liverpool and Bolton, as well as from his long association with the England team.

“He will work closely with Ronald, Erwin (Koeman) and Jan (Kluitenberg), and will play a big part in the day-to-day coaching of the first team.

“Despite his relatively young age, Dave has already built up an impressive CV and is regarded as one of the most talented goalkeeping coaches in Europe, and has only just returned from the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

“That we have been able to attract Sammy and Dave to Southampton is testament to our ambition to continue growing as a club, and shows our commitment to develop talented footballers at all age levels.

“In addition, Martin is one of the most highly-qualified coaches in the English game and, after a successful time in charge of our under-21s, he will now play a big part in how coaching is delivered right from the first team down through the academy.

“He will work closely with the first-team coaching staff, but will play a wider role in ensuring that our teams play in the Southampton way at all levels.”

Watson moved to Carrow Road in July 2012 as part of Chris Hughton’s backroom team following a successful stint at Birmingham where he worked with the likes of Ben Foster, Jack Butland and Joe Hart.

Watson was also part of Roy Hodgson’s England set-up and was part of the Three Lions’ World Cup touring party in Brazil this summer.

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32 comments

  • Great. Another Calderwood sycophant gone.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • saints have already uploaded videos of him working with the keepers & talking to the media about how he can help them etc. Im not getting involved in the silly arguments about Watson causing Ruddys poor form or costing him a World cup spot. Woy & Hughton achieved those results not the GK coach. Do find it odd how Watson is so much of a journey man coach these days where as as a player he was rooted to 1 club really.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • No Miss at all..turn-coat

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Now lets look at this logically. Under Watson, Ruddy had a dip in form, we loaned out Rudd and lost Steer, both of whom were good enough for England at their respective levels and we brought in Bunn and Nash to replace them. Dont know how good the latter two are but does anyone really think we will miss Watson??

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    andy

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Bryan Gunn is already considering an offer to become Pie-eating Coach for the England Dart Team.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • cutty; ref. Dave Watson. There seems to be a lot of involvement with Calderwood over his coaching career. Northampton, Forest, Birmingham, Norwich. I hope, for Southampton`s sake, that doesn`t mean Calderwood is heading their way. What if he takes his pal Chrissy with him too?? Doomwatch scenario.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Someone mentioned Chris Woods. Last I heard (cant confirm) he was helping with the USMNT and even though thats a part time international job I cant imagine him dropping to our level. He's highly sought after if you believe the media.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Broke Ruddy's finger which prevented him from playing for England and now the lame excuse for excluding him from the World Cup. Don't think we'll miss Watson.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • There`s a lot of truth in LincsCan`s little bit of satire. Are players over-coached now, to the point where they`ve forgotten how to think for themselves? All well and good if your coach is an inspirational genius - like Hughton. Or Gunn?? Please, no.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Chris Woods - yes, yes, yes! Cited by de Gea as the main reason for his improvement and of course knows Ruddy very well.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Adams needs his own coaching team. I am not surprised at this and honestly don't know enough about what they all did together, other than Watson being the one who broke Ruddy's finger at England training!

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • From what I hear, the bad blood between Ruddy and Watson over Ruddys omission from the England squad in favour of Fraser Forster meant it was obvious that one of them would leave this summer. I understand that there was a massive row between Ruddy, Watson and the England Manager over the way the decision to exclude Ruddy was made. I for one would certainly welcome the excellent Chris Woods back to Norwich.

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Yes Richard Grout forgot about that. Now that would be a good move.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Was it Bryan Gunn seen in Norwich this lunchtime with D.M. and N.A.?

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • What about Chris Woods for coach recently released by MU from that position.

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    richard grout

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Did we always have goalkeeping coaches? Who taught Kevin Keelan to save acrobatically? I mean why does everything have to be so complicated? How about "Command the area and whatever you do don't let the ball go in the net. Got that? See you Saturday."

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Read into it as you will, but Ruddy not going to Brazil was actually probably not a bad thing. England were abject failures (as usual) and Ruddy would have been 3rd choice keeper. Hopefully he had a nice holiday instead !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • always hard to know what to say when you don't know the facts...but it's never stopped us in the past. Two facts, Ruddy was not as good last season as previous one (kicking was particularly poor) and he didn't go to Brazil, despite him being the squad previously. This, to me, adds up to Mr Watson not doing a very good job, so no tears from me on his departure

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    llamaman

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • No Colin I cant see JR joining him at St. Marys for the very same reasons a few others have commented. Ben Forster would probably jump at the chance. Now with all the CH backroom staff gone we can get back to being NCFC again!!! OTBC.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • So now we need a GK coach as well as Technical director, head of recruitment and a u21 manager. Did anyone fill Neil Adams job at youth manager as well? I assume Jani Viander is still Acadamey GK coach? Maybe he will get promoted unless it iterfears with him carrying on as Finland GK coach? Not surprising either way that Watson is off. Im not going to blame him for Ruddys off form patch and I certainly wont blame him for Ruddy not getting in the world cup squad but seems best for all parties if he moves on as he was certainly a 'Hughton man'. Surprised hes off to Southampton really as he normally follows Hughton.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Good to see the last of Hughtons mob out of the door. Agree with most of the fans on here that he did nothing for Ruddy, if anything he made Ruddy nervous and hesitant. Ruddy needs to go back to his old style of keeping which was much better.

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    goldie

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I dont think Ruddy has been at his best whilst Watson was with us, so maybe it will be good for Ruddy

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    Henry

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Never Norwich any favours, good riddance

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • It'd be good if that's the case (that Ruddy holds a bit of a grudge over the England selection). Who knows whether Watson recommended Ruddy to Roy, but Roy went with Foster based on their past experiences together and with Forster because he's a little younger? We could really do with keeping Ruddy, Olsson, Howson and Redmond. Southampton would be a good move for Fraser Forster, a chance to see if he can do it in a proper league where he has a shot to save every few minutes rather than once a month.

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    Colin

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I'm glad about this decision as never felt he believed in Ruddy as an international nor an EPL player. Let him go and let's rebuild with better-equipped people to lead our team. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Sorry, should have said Ruddy's relationship with him would be strained, not Rudd's. Although he would have ruined Rudd's abilities too!

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    jigs69

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • It will probably be Fraser Forster that heads for St Mary's!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I can see a lot of positives about this. The England goalkeeping coach couldn't swing it for his own goalkeeper to go to Brazil and Ruddy's form under Watson dipped substantially. I would think the relationship between him and Rudd would be extremely strained. I'm delighted to see him go - part of Hughton's lightweight management team. Good riddance!

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    jigs69

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • If you read Ruddys comments after not being selected for England he actually said that having the England coach here and then not being selected, left a bad taste. So cannot see Ruddy jumping to follow him, in fact he would be glad to see the back of him.

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    Jimhow

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Correct decision for him to leave seeing as he would have had major input into who should be going to Brazil as the England goalkeeper coach and he clearly doesn't fancy Ruddy.

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    abc123

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • I can't see anything positive in this at all, can you ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, June 30, 2014

  • You can see Ruddy joining him. Boruc is getting on a bit and Southampton only have Gazzaniga, so I expect Ruddy would jump at the chance to go to Southampton.

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    Colin

    Monday, June 30, 2014

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