List of Watford F.C. managers

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Graham Taylor led Watford to their highest ever league position in 1983.

Watford Football Club are an English association football club, based in Watford, Hertfordshire. As of the 2012–13 season, the team competes in the Football League Championship, the second-highest level of the English football league system.

Three managers, Len Goulden, Neil McBain and Malky Mackay, have taken charge of the club on two separate occasions, while Graham Taylor had three stints as manager of the club. The statistics in the following table account for the league games of each manager.

Correct as of 21 December 2014

Name From To P W D L Win % Honours and achievements Notes
Goodall, JohnJohn Goodall May 1903 May 1910 246 90 63 93 36.59 Southern League Second Division champions, 1903–04
United League Champions, 1905–06
Kent, HarryHarry Kent May 1910 May 1926 484 187 121 176 38.64 Southern League First Division champions, 1914–15
Southern League First Division runners-up, 1919–20
Pagnam, FredFred Pagnam May 1926 May 1929 126 45 28 53 35.71
McBain, NeilNeil McBain May 1929 August 1937 336 137 71 128 40.77
Findlay, BillBill Findlay August 1937 February 1947 114 50 25 39 43.86 Football League Third Division South Cup, 1937
Jack Bray March 1947 January 1948 35 11 7 17 31.42
Hapgood, EddieEddie Hapgood February 1948 March 1950 88 29 27 32 32.95
Gray, RonRon Gray March 1950 August 1951 56 13 15 28 23.21
Green, HaydnHaydn Green August 1951 October 1952 54 16 11 27 29.63
Goulden, LenLen Goulden November 1952 October 1955 136 52 39 45 38.24
Paton, JohnnyJohnny Paton October 1955 February 1956 15 2 6 7 13.34
Goulden, LenLen Goulden February 1956 July 1956 16 6 3 7 37.50
McBain, NeilNeil McBain August 1956 February 1959 122 42 33 47 34.43
Burgess, RonRon Burgess February 1959 May 1963 200 80 45 75 40.00 Football League Fourth Division promotion, 1959–60
McGarry, BillBill McGarry July 1963 October 1964 57 26 17 14 45.61
Furphy, KenKen Furphy November 1964 July 1971 295 115 79 101 38.98 Football League Third Division champions, 1968–69
Kirby, GeorgeGeorge Kirby August 1971 May 1973 88 17 26 45 19.32
Keen, MikeMike Keen June 1973 April 1977 178 67 48 63 37.64
Taylor, GrahamGraham Taylor June 1977 May 1987 428 191 105 132 44.63 Football League Fourth Division champions, 1977–78
Football League Third Division runners-up, 1978–79
Football League Second Division runners-up, 1981–82
Football League First Division runners-up, 1982–83
FA Cup runners-up, 1983–84
Bassett, DaveDave Bassett May 1987 January 1988 23 4 6 13 17.39
Harrison, SteveSteve Harrison January 1988 March 1990 98 36 27 35 36.73
Lee, ColinColin Lee March 1990 November 1990 28 5 9 14 17.86
Perryman, SteveSteve Perryman November 1990 July 1993 121 42 35 44 34.71
Roeder, GlennGlenn Roeder July 1993 February 1996 120 39 32 49 32.50
Taylor, GrahamGraham Taylor February 1996 June 1996 18 5 8 5 27.78
Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett June 1996 June 1997 46 16 19 11 34.78
Taylor, GrahamGraham Taylor June 1997 May 2001 176 71 45 60 40.34 Football League Second Division champions, 1997–98
Football League First Division play-off winners, 1998–99
Vialli, GianlucaGianluca Vialli May 2001 June 2002 46 16 11 19 34.78
Lewington, RayRay Lewington June 2002 March 2005 131 42 36 53 32.06
Boothroyd, AidyAidy Boothroyd March 2005 November 2008 152 51 48 53 33.55 Football League Championship play-off winners, 2005–06 [1]
Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay November 2008 November 2008 4 2 0 2 50.00
Rodgers, BrendanBrendan Rodgers November 2008 June 2009 27 11 6 10 40.74
Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay June 2009 June 2011 92 30 25 37 32.61
Dyche, SeanSean Dyche June 2011 July 2012 46 16 16 14 34.78
Zola, GianfrancoGianfranco Zola July 2012 December 2013 66 29 15 22 43.94
Sannino, GiuseppeGiuseppe Sannino December 2013 August 2014 31 13 8 10 38.46
García Junyent, ÓscarÓscar García Junyent September 2014 September 2014 4 1 2 1 25.00
McKinlay, BillyBilly McKinlay September 2014 October 2014 2 1 1 0 50.00
Jokanovic , SlavisaSlavisa Jokanovic October 2014 present 12 6 2 4 28.57 mdash;

Playing records[edit]

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Kenny Jackett spent his entire playing career at Watford

Fourteen Watford managers played for Watford before or whilst managing them.

Name Position Years Apps Goals National team Notes
Goodall, JohnJohn Goodall FW 1903–1907 69 17 England England Player-manager
Kent, HarryHarry Kent DF 1909–1913 69 9  None Player-manager from 1910
Pagnam, FredFred Pagnam FW 1921–1927 157 74  None Player-manager between 1926 and 1927
McBain, NeilNeil McBain DF 1928–1931 94 5 Scotland Scotland Player-manager between 1929 and 1931
Findlay, BillBill Findlay DF 1932–1944 137 6 Scotland Scotland junior Player-manager between 1937 and 1944
Gray, RonRon Gray DF 1942–1946 29 4  None
Paton, JohnnyJohnny Paton MF 1952–1955 91 17 Scotland Scotland schoolboys
Furphy, KenKen Furphy DF 1964–1968 111 1  None Player-manager until 1968
Keen, MikeMike Keen DF 1972–1975 136 6  None Player-manager between 1973 and 1975
Harrison, SteveSteve Harrison DF 1978–1981 102 0  None
Roeder, GlennGlenn Roeder DF 1989–1991 86 3 England England B
Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett MF 1980–1990 428 34 Wales Wales
Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay DF 2005–2008 61 5 Scotland Scotland
Dyche, SeanSean Dyche DF 2002–2005 78 0  None

References[edit]

General

Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 

Specific