Norwich City have confirmed the arrival of current England goalkeeping coach Dave Watson to Chris Hughton’s backroom staff at Carrow Road.

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Watson arrives from Birmingham City with a wealth of experience and reunites with new City boss Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood and Paul Trollope after a successful stint together with the Blues last season.

Norwich City have agreed a compensation deal with Birmingham for Watson’s services and he will arrive at Colney for the start of pre-season training next week.

The former Barnsley goalkeeper joined Alex McLeish’s Blues in January 2008 from Nottingham Forest coaching the likes of Joe Hart and Ben Foster.

Former England Under-21 international Watson was brought in by Roy Hodgson in May to work with Ray Clemence during the European Championship finals.

He has just returned from Euro 2012 coaching duty with England. Whether he continues his role with Roy Hodgson and the national team remains to be seen.

Watson said: “I’m eternally grateful to Birmingham City for giving me the opportunity to come to the club four and a half years ago and I will leave with plenty of good memories.

“Having worked in the Premier League previously and having been involved with the England set-up during the summer, I knew that the opportunity to work in the top flight again was something that I just couldn’t turn down.

“Norwich is a fantastic club and everyone sold it to me very easily. We’ve got a one-year-old son so the city and the area appeals to me and the chance to work in the Premier League for such a good club obviously.

“Through my time with England I’ve already worked with John Ruddy and Jed Steer and I know a lot about Declan Rudd by reputation, so I can’t wait to start working with them.”

City manager Chris Hughton said: “I’m delighted to have brought Dave here to the football club. He’s someone I was aware of before I joined Birmingham and having had the opportunity to work with him last year it was no surprise to me that England wanted to involve him.

“He’s someone I have been keen to bring here with us since the moment I joined so it’s pleasing to have agreed things and now he can start work with the rest of us on Monday.”

33 comments

  • A bit of trivia does anybody know how Dave Watson is related to a former Norwich City legend? Those of me who were in Kiev watching England in Euros will know as we talked to and had photos taken with that person !!

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    The General

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Good for us then, the whole team is together, I can understand that. A shame for Birmingham but then I suspect that Lee Clark will want his team with him. I will certainly not be trolling the Bluenoses sites on this or any other subject.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • I think Chris Hughton will do as well as Paul Lambert for Norwich as he brings out the best in players. Have Norwich and Ipswich shared any managers over the years?

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    Rotterdam1982

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • I hope the new Goalkeeper coach shows more get up an go in pre match practice than that Jeff guy done!!!!

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    Colby Army!

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • Your comments are very welcome Madame, I'm sure everyone who reads and comments on these boards appreciates getting the views of followers of other clubs when they are genuine views. We just seem to have attracted one or two regular suspects who make crass, idiotic comments just to wind people up. Been to the Blues a few times myself with friends who support your team, always enjoyed it, a good club with good fans. I hope your new boss fulfils his potential and gets you up into the PL

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • It seems DW's playing career at Barnsley was ended in a match against us - funny how things turn out!

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • It's footy...I'm glad the previous regime have gone as this is a very exciting time for us with or without those guys. We have more to look forward to than them...they are attempting to restore them back to mid table, whereas this is all just great progresss for us. We've had this sort of thing done to us for years, so it's payback. Feeling guilty is just silly.

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    JimBob

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Where were you coming down from Timbo? I was on the train back up to Preston from that playoff final, and yes there was some good natured banter. One thing that struck me was how the Blues fans all congregated near the station in Cardiff while the Norwich fans all stayed close to the castle... Something in that...

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

  • Perhaps the Donkeyboys will be PL`s next challenge?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Hope it doesn't come to that Timbo. I still have high hopes for Vaughan. What little I have seen him play he has looked pretty good and just needs a run of games to get some sharpness and build confidence.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

  • Hi, Madame Bleu Nez. As Swiss Canary says, you and BeauBlue are not seen as trolls! We have all enjoyed talking with you about the tribulations of the modern game, specially the itinerant nature of its players and managers. We seem to have had a couple of impatient "cut & runners" over the years, in Martin O`Neill and, more recently, his apprentice, We all hope Chris will bring us a bit of calm - and success! He certainly seems to have a serene disposition, quite strange after the terseness of the last 3 (very successful!) years. Who is your GK coach now? Timbo was singled out for attack by one Villan and I by another. Brings to mind the classic put-down by Denis Healey when he likened a verbal assault from Geoffrey Howe to "being savaged by a dead sheep". PS:- The General wins this week`s "Top Tenuous Trophy".

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • I`ve been wondering about Jeff Wood too, Dubai. It seems that Culverhouse was instrumental in getting him to Carra Rud, so perhaps the AV move will be a natural progression? He certainly seems to have done a good job, with the increasing authority of John Ruddy and the maturity of the two younger guys. Musical chairs, indeed. Good luck to him, anyway. Dave Watson is a great "get" for NCFC, though you cannot help feeling for Birmingham that they`ve been pillaged by their old manager. We don`t much like it either, do we? It`s a Mad, Bad World.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • when i read that dave watson was joining the club i thought for a mo...is he still playing?, didn't we have him in the 80's?. or have i got the wrong bloke haha

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    lordyfan

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • @Madame Bleu Nez, no offence taken, you are not trolling, happy to read your comments and exchange views. Jack Butland sounds like a real talent and is at a vulnerable stage, but a good GK has to have confidence to get through these things. We hope that our previous manager does not make any shopping trips for our players and likewise for you. Good luck from City to City.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Looks nothing like Dave Watson. IMPOSTER

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    B Inners

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Hi Preston- I was just referring to the last part of the journey. Travelled fro Manchester to Swansea by car, then got the train from Swansea. Swansea station was about 95% Bham + 5% Norwich tho ! PS: The way things are going upfront, we'll be playing Watson's 1 yr old as a striker off Holt ....

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    Timbo

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Hamilton played for the Dipsticks, he didn't manage them. Although he did return to them as a coach for around a year shortly after leaving Norwich.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Has Jeff Woods actually left? Or maybe he`ll take over Gary Karsa`s duties, whatever they were. Probably arranging flights to Scotland and packing overnight bags. So a non-job now. Seriously, anybody know what`s happening with JW?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

  • I've never heard of us having an ex-1p5wich manager or vicky-verky. We've had some ex-1p5wich players + they've had some ex-City. Most notably Andy " Judas" Marshall ( think he might still be on Vanilla's books). Travelled down to the Cardiff play-off amongst the Birminghan fans. Really good natured banter. Both sets of fans passing the cans round the train.Good day out.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • I have enjoyed exchanging views with Norwich fans too. Timbo ,Villa were very underhanded in the signing our ex our manager Alex Mcleish last year. Mind you it was a blessing in disguise for us as he wasn't the best to say the least and nearly got them relegated. What a wake up call to the fans that would have been. Although sorry to see Chris H go the approach by Norwich was a fair one. Mad Brewer am not sure who next GK coach will be yet. I got mixed up with new player coach. With Lee Clark in place another possible good manager iwill be looking forward to the new season.

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    Rotterdam1982

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • To my knowledge we have never shared a manager with the Tractor Boys, but I stand to be corrected. Mind you, two of their longest serving managers were Sir Alf Ransey and Sir Bobby Robson, but things have gone quite sour for them of late.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • OK General, I give in. What is the relationship between Dave Watson legendary defender and Dave Watson GK coach?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • PS I did not say between the two Dave Watsons I said between him and a Norwich legend ie John Deehan

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    The General

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • hi General - son-in law of JD?

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    malmocanary

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Hamilton managed us and had links with the Dipsticks. Can't remember whether he actually mismanaged them as well.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • He is the son-in-law of John Deehan met them out in Ukraine during the Euros and was chatting to him and he introduced his daughter and told us who she was married to and that he could possibly be at Norwich very soon.

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    The General

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • When will Ruddy's finger be healed? That would be news.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • The rumour mill would have it that JV is a "make-weight" in a bid for Curtis Davies, on loan. You`d think it would make more sense to lend them a CB, maybe Leon Barnett or Dani Ayala? With Wilby leaving (shame), C. Martin on the margin and JV out on loan, Timbo`s striker scenario could be drawing closer..... Of course it`s all rumours.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Yes mad bad world Mad Brewer. Club loyalty is with the fans. Am sure Dave Watson will do well at Norwich. Our new GK coach sounds good just slightly concerned if the change of coach will unsettle our young keeper Jack Butland will have to wait and see. Swiss Canary not trolling your boards no offence meant. You would only see me post on matters regarding Birmingham City FC. Good luck to Norwich.

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    Rotterdam1982

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Thanks General, yes that was my bad. I see that Lambo has now signed Matt Lowton (23) from Sheffied United at RB. He now has Alan Hutton and Eric Lichaj in that position as well, I guess this means that the hunt for Naughton is over, for now at least.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

  • Bonjour Madame- I must say that Birmingham City fans have shown themselves to be much more gracious on these boards, than Aspirin Vanilla fans. You'd think it would be the other way round, as we stole Birmingham's manager but not so. I've never seen such a bunch of saddos as Vanilla desperate to convince peope they're a "big" club.............All the best to Birmingham City + their fans + I sincerely hope you do well in the coming season.

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    Timbo

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • I wonder what the future holds for Jeff Wood - Does he link up with IC & GK at AV now ? Dave Watson seems like a class act too, so I guess it's the whole coaching team staying together, but at new clubs. It must be like musical chairs in the backroom at the moment !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Well done guess you saw the photo on FB !!

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    The General

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

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