Liverpool-born former England international defender Dave Watson, has just been appointed Newcastle’s Under-18s Coach.
Dave Watson – joins Newcastle from Wigan
While the 49-year-old started his playing career with Liverpool he never played for the first team, and spent his playing career at Norwich City and Everton, where he played a total of 631 times with 34 goals from 1980 through 2001.
Dave also played 12 times for England from 1984 to 1988 under the great Bobby Robson.
Dave had managed Tranmere Rovers for a season before he was sacked and he later became a scout for Birmingham City before joining Wigan Athletic as their Youth Team coach in April of 2008.
Watson starts his new role today after leaving Wigan Athletic.
Indeed when he was Everton Dave played with Newcastle Development Manager Peter Beardsley, and maybe that’s the relationship that brought him to Newcastle.
Dave replaces Frankie Bunn, who left Newcastle in the summer, to became assistant manager at Rochdale, and he will work with Academy Manager Joe Joyce in bringing through Newcastle’s top young talent, which is a very important part of the Tyneside club’s future.
Joe Joyce talked about the appointment:
“Dave will be a great asset. He brings with him a wealth experience as a player and as a coach and we’re delighted to have him with us.”
It’s good to have Dave Watson on board at Newcastle.