John Carver has talked today and said he has educated the squad on who Dave Watson is, the former Norwich City and Everton player, who was promoted to be the new first team coach in place of Peter Beardsley in Carver’s team, and John said the players were impressed with Dave’s playing record.
Dave Watson – Newcastle’s new first team coach
This is what John has said about Dave – who was a defender (right back or center-back), and played for England 12 times between 1984 and 988 when Bobby Robson was the England manager:
“First of all, he brings the experience of having played 800-plus games in the top flight and England caps.” “He’s a hugely respected center-half who was hard, strong, physical and a decent footballer, too. ”
“He’s worked at Wigan and at our Academy, has great coaching experience and brings some extra defensive coaching qualities to us.” “On the first day I put on a presentation to the players about Dave, who he is and what he had done as a player.”
“I think one or two of them were quite shocked when they realized how much football he had played and saw him lifting a trophy.” “Dave’s experiences will be so valuable, even to guys like Fabricio, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor.”
“Hopefully he can also have a big impact on the development of some of the younger defenders as well, people like Paul Dummett, Remie Streete and Lubo Satka. It all bodes well.”
Dave played a total of 528 games for Everton between 1986 and 2001 after joining them from Norwich, and he made the the third highest number of appearances for the Toffees.
His 528 appearances was behind only veteran Welsh International goalkeeper goalkeeper Neville Southall, with 750 appearances from 1981–1998, and England International center-back Brian Labone, who played 534 appearances from 1957–1971 – one of my favorite players when I was (a lot) younger.
Dave should be a very good addition to the first team coaching staff under John Carver, and hopefully he can better organize our defense to be less porous.
We’ll see how the lads do on Saturday at Hull City.
For the record, Dave Watson was appointed as the U-18 coach at Newcastle in November of 2011.
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