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Managers

‏DETAILS of the club’s managers are in PDFs, which can be viewed only with Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This can be downloaded free of charge from:

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Below a table of summarized league results under each of the men who have held the post, the 36 managers are arranged in chronological order. To view a particular manager’s page, follow the link below and then either scroll down to the required name or type it in the “Find” box.

Managers

NB:  The official job title given to Gianfranco Zola and his successors has been ‘Head Coach’, but they are referred to as ‘Manager’ throughout this website to avoid confusion with the status of the many coaches who served under the club’s previous managers.

Until 1903 all team and playing matters were under the direct control of the Committee. The club’s first manager was John Goodall, a great footballer who nevertheless as a manager had nothing like the authority which his successors have today; his team selections, for example, had to be submitted for the Committee’s consideration.

The club’s 36 managers to date have come and gone as follows:

  • J.Goodall (1903-1910)
  • H.Kent (1910-1926)
  • F.Pagnam (1926-1929)
  • N.McBain (1929-1937 & 1956-1959)
  • W.Findlay (1937-1947)
  • J.Bray (1947-1948)
  • E.A.Hapgood (1948-1950)
  • R.Gray (1950-1951)
  • A.Green (1951-1952)
  • L.A.Goulden (1952-1955 and 1956)
  • J.Paton (1955-1956)
  • W.A.R.Burgess (1959-1963)
  • W.H.McGarry (1963-1964)
  • K.Furphy (1964-1971)
  • G.Kirby (1971-1973)
  • M.T.Keen (1973-1977)
  • G.Taylor (1977-1987 & 1996 & 1997-2001)
  • D.T.Bassett (1987-1988)
  • S.J.Harrison (1988-1990)
  • C.Lee (1990)
  • S.J.Perryman (1990-1993)
  • G.V.Roeder (1993-1996)
  • K.F.Jackett (1996-1997)
  • G.Vialli (2001-2002)
  • R.K.Lewington (2002-2005)
  • A.N.Boothroyd (2005-2008)
  • B.J.Rodgers (2008-2009)
  • M.G.Mackay (2009-2011)
  • S.M.Dyche (2011-2012)
  • G.Zola (2012-2013)
  • G.Sannino (2013-2014)
  • Ó.García (2014)
  • W.J.A.McKinlay (2014)
  • S.Jokanovic (2014-2015)
  • E.Sánchez Flores (2015-2016)
  • W.Mazzarri (2016-     )

 

THE FOLLOWING WATFORD PLAYERS WENT ON TO MANAGE FOOTBALL LEAGUE, FA PREMIER LEAGUE OR SCOTTISH LEAGUE CLUBS   

  (Clubs named in red signify that at least part of the managerial spell was in the top flight of English football.)

  • N.C.Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)
  • J.C.B.Barnes (Celtic, Tranmere Rovers)
  • W.A.Baxter (Northampton Town)
  • S.Beaumont (Aberdare Athletic, Blackpool)
  • C.Chung (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers)
  • A.N.Collins (Rochdale)
  • K.M.Dixon (Doncaster Rovers)
  • S.M.Dyche (Watford, Burnley)
  • T.Eggleston (Mansfield Town)
  • S.Ellis (Blackpool, Bury, Lincoln City)
  • J.C.English (Darlington, Nelson, Northampton Town, Exeter City)
  • W.Findlay (Watford)
  • C.N.Fletcher (Plymouth Argyle)
  • K.Furphy (Workington, Watford, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United)
  • E.Goodier (Rochdale, Oldham Athletic)
  • L.Graham (Newport County)
  • R.Gray (Watford, Millwall, Lincoln City)
  • A.Grimsdell (Clapton Orient)
  • S.J.Harrison (Watford)
  • A.Hessenthaler (Gillingham, Leyton Orient)
  • P.Hetherston (Raith Rovers, Albion Rovers)
  • J.L.Hindmarsh (Newport County)
  • Dean C.Holdsworth (Aldershot Town)
  • K.F.Jackett (Watford, Swansea City, Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rotherham United)
  • B.A.G.Jezzard (Fulham)
  • M.T.Keen (Watford, Northampton Town)
  • H.Kent (Watford)
  • W.H.C.Lane (Brighton & Hove Albion)
  • H.P.Lowe (Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic)
  • J.McAnearney (Rotherham United)
  • N.McBain (Watford, Luton Town, New Brighton, Leyton Orient, Ayr United)
  • J.McClelland (St Johnstone)
  • M.G.Mackay (Watford, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic)
  • C.Meldrum (Workington)
  • K.D.Millen (Bristol City)
  • M.T.O’Brien (Queens Park Rangers)
  • R.J.Page (Port Vale, Northampton Town)
  • F.Pagnam (Watford)
  • C.L.Palmer (Stockport County, Mansfield Town)
  • J.Paton (Watford)
  • C.G.R.Powell (Charlton Athletic. Huddersfield Town)
  • N.D.Redfearn (Leeds United, Rotherham United)
  • L.J.Richardson (Chesterfield)
  • A.W.Ritchie (Airdrieonians)
  • M.A.Robson (Barnet)
  • G.V.Roeder (Gillingham, Watford, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Norwich City)
  • R.Saunders (Oxford United, Norwich City, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion)
  • T.A.Sherwood (Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa)
  • L.Sinnott (Port Vale)
  • N.Smillie (Gillingham, Wycombe Wanderers)
  • B.E.Talbot (West Bromwich Albion, Aldershot, Rushden & Diamonds, Oldham Athletic, Oxford United)
  • G.L.Thompson (Bristol Rovers)
  • J.Trotter (Charlton Athletic)
  • M.S.G.Walker (Colchester United, Norwich City, Everton)
  • J.P.Ward (York City, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle United, Colchester United)
  • G.Whittingham (Portsmouth)