Dave Watson began his
playing career in the youth teams of his hometown club Barnsley.
Progressing to the first team, he made 178 league appearances
before injuring his knee in a game against Norwich in September
1998. After two years of trying to regain fitness, he retired
in 2001. While at Barnsley Watson represented England in the 1993
FIFA World Youth Championship,where they finished in third place
and won the FIFA fair play award. He also won five caps for England
at under-21 level
He went on to work as goalkeeping coach with Northampton Town,
Oldham Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Northampton Town again, the
England under-19 team and Nottingham Forest before replacing Nigel
Spink as goalkeeping coach of Birmingham City in January 2008.While
in this position, Watson built a reputation as an excellent coach,
praised for enhancing the careers of England goalkeepers Joe Hart,
Ben Foster and Jack Butland, experience that encouraged new manager
Roy Hodgson to invite him to work alongside Ray Clemence with
the England team at Euro 2012
On 6th July 2012, he followed manager Chris
Hughton from Birmingham to Norwich.
On 4th June 2013, Watson was linked by The Guardian with
a move to Manchester City to replace Massimo Battara who left the
Etihad Stadium with Roberto Mancini. Watson's relationship with
keeper Joe Hart may be the nucleous of this report.
After spending June 2014 in Rio with the England World Cup squad,
Watson left Noriwch to join Ronald Koeman's new management team
at Southampton on 1st July 2014.