Alec Chamberlain and Paolo De Toffol remain at Watford despite the arrival of another goalkeeping coach

Ruben Martinez is a goalkeeping coach by trade but is expected to take up a role as an 'assistant coach' at Watford. Picture: Action Images

Ruben Martinez is a goalkeeping coach by trade but is expected to take up a role as an 'assistant coach' at Watford. Picture: Action Images

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The Watford Observer understands Oscar Garcia will bring two members of staff with him to Watford, whilst Paolo De Toffol is the only coach who Beppe Sannino brought to the club that still remains.

All of the coaches who arrived with Sannino last December – with the exception of goalkeeping coach De Toffol – left the club following the Italian’s resignation on Sunday evening.

Ruben Martinez will assist Garcia and he will be joined by another staff member who is yet to be hired.

Martinez is a goalkeeping coach by trade and held that position at Brighton & Hove Albion during Garcia's year in charge. But he was an assistant coach at Garcia’s last club Maccabi Tel Aviv and we understand he will take up a similar post at Watford.

Alec Chamberlain and De Toffol already coach the club’s goalkeepers so Martinez - or one of the other two goalkeeping coaches - is expected to take up a more wide-ranging role.

One coach who has previously worked under Garcia but we understand will not be following the former Barcelona midfielder to Vicarage Road is fitness coach Juan Torrijo.

Former Hornets head coach Sannino brought assistants De Toffol, Francesco Troise, Giovanni Cusastis and Alfredo Sebastiani with him to Vicarage Road following his appointment last December. Sebastiani left the club in the summer and Troise and Cusastis have also now departed.

Thirty-seven-year-old Martinez is a former goalkeeper, who began his professional career at Barcelona but made just one appearance on the bench for the first team before moving to Deportivo Leon.

Following spells with Zamora, Novelda, Hercules and Badalona, Martinez retired in the summer of 2010 and worked as a scout for Hristo Stoichkov’s football academy in Barcelona.

It was at Barca that Martinez met Garcia - the pair working together coaching Barcelona’s youth team - before they left to join Maccabi Tel-Aviv in 2012 and won the Israeli Premier Division in their only season at the club before leaving for Brighton.

After finishing in the Championship play-offs, Garcia and Martinez resigned this summer and went back to Maccabi. However, they left the club once more last week and were hired by Watford on Monday.

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7:24pm Wed 3 Sep 14

berkshire orn says...

interesting
interesting berkshire orn
  • Score: -8

7:37pm Wed 3 Sep 14

stevemag says...

This is like an episode of Eastenders
This is like an episode of Eastenders stevemag
  • Score: 1

7:42pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Hornankey says...

Should one expect that we concede fewer goals with so many goalkeeping coaches? Amazing.
Should one expect that we concede fewer goals with so many goalkeeping coaches? Amazing. Hornankey
  • Score: -6

7:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

soulfulhornet says...

I am glad that Alec remains as his 18 years with the club gives the coaching stff some continuity and link with the club's past.
I am glad that Alec remains as his 18 years with the club gives the coaching stff some continuity and link with the club's past. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 68

8:10pm Wed 3 Sep 14

cliff46 says...

Gomes, Bond and Gilmartin will be able to have a goalkeeping coach each?
Early days of course but in the medium and long term it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.
Gomes, Bond and Gilmartin will be able to have a goalkeeping coach each? Early days of course but in the medium and long term it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. cliff46
  • Score: -4

8:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

EltonForever says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
I am glad that Alec remains as his 18 years with the club gives the coaching stff some continuity and link with the club's past.
I would endorse these comments entirely; the announcement is also one in the eye for those Alec bashers who frequent this site from time to time.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: I am glad that Alec remains as his 18 years with the club gives the coaching stff some continuity and link with the club's past.[/p][/quote]I would endorse these comments entirely; the announcement is also one in the eye for those Alec bashers who frequent this site from time to time. EltonForever
  • Score: 21

9:21pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Watfordfc69 says...

Glad to read that Alec is still with the club, he has been a magnificent servant - hope that once the dust has settled we can get back to winning football matches!
Glad to read that Alec is still with the club, he has been a magnificent servant - hope that once the dust has settled we can get back to winning football matches! Watfordfc69
  • Score: 29

9:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler!
Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler! Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 23

10:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

buckler says...

Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler!
Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy!
[quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler![/p][/quote]Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy! buckler
  • Score: -27

10:22pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Hampshire hornet says...

buckler wrote:
Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler!
Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy!
No.. Hes going to be the goal put awayer before kick off
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler![/p][/quote]Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy![/p][/quote]No.. Hes going to be the goal put awayer before kick off Hampshire hornet
  • Score: -12

10:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Hampshire hornet says...

Why has no one blamed the 1881 for all this kerfuffle at the club... First it was Zola, then the East stand delays, the shocking results last season.... Then Coco's appointment ... 1881 formed 2013
Coincidence? No i think not
Why has no one blamed the 1881 for all this kerfuffle at the club... First it was Zola, then the East stand delays, the shocking results last season.... Then Coco's appointment ... 1881 formed 2013 Coincidence? No i think not Hampshire hornet
  • Score: -6

12:01am Thu 4 Sep 14

micksolly says...

All part of what happens in football these days and good to see Alec remains at the club. With so many changes in personnel nice to have someone on the coaching staff who knows the club. Important that the new regime hit the ground running and pick up where Bepe and co left off. Also important we the fans give them our support from the off. You orns
All part of what happens in football these days and good to see Alec remains at the club. With so many changes in personnel nice to have someone on the coaching staff who knows the club. Important that the new regime hit the ground running and pick up where Bepe and co left off. Also important we the fans give them our support from the off. You orns micksolly
  • Score: 11

12:19am Thu 4 Sep 14

4boys says...

You could hire 100 goalkeeper coaches and they still wouldn't turn Gomez into a decent keeper, his blunders will cost us games, just hope we score more
You could hire 100 goalkeeper coaches and they still wouldn't turn Gomez into a decent keeper, his blunders will cost us games, just hope we score more 4boys
  • Score: -32

2:55am Thu 4 Sep 14

tonyevans22 says...

4boys wrote:
You could hire 100 goalkeeper coaches and they still wouldn't turn Gomez into a decent keeper, his blunders will cost us games, just hope we score more
There is 10 other players in front of Gomez that should help protect him from all those errors that will cost us,You idiot!!
[quote][p][bold]4boys[/bold] wrote: You could hire 100 goalkeeper coaches and they still wouldn't turn Gomez into a decent keeper, his blunders will cost us games, just hope we score more[/p][/quote]There is 10 other players in front of Gomez that should help protect him from all those errors that will cost us,You idiot!! tonyevans22
  • Score: 12

7:21am Thu 4 Sep 14

corbindallas says...

Early days and clearly there will be m ore changes, always wondered why we had 2 GK coaches let alone 3 so expect at least one to go.
Early days and clearly there will be m ore changes, always wondered why we had 2 GK coaches let alone 3 so expect at least one to go. corbindallas
  • Score: 0

8:47am Thu 4 Sep 14

jasonwatford says...

Unbeliveable , De Toffoll is 71 years old and quite frankly is a hopeless coach , Alec runs around like his ball boy. Hopefully Garcia will see through this charlatan quickly.
Unbeliveable , De Toffoll is 71 years old and quite frankly is a hopeless coach , Alec runs around like his ball boy. Hopefully Garcia will see through this charlatan quickly. jasonwatford
  • Score: -3

9:12am Thu 4 Sep 14

Hampshire hornet says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Unbeliveable , De Toffoll is 71 years old and quite frankly is a hopeless coach , Alec runs around like his ball boy. Hopefully Garcia will see through this charlatan quickly.
That made we lol .. Great observation! And very true
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Unbeliveable , De Toffoll is 71 years old and quite frankly is a hopeless coach , Alec runs around like his ball boy. Hopefully Garcia will see through this charlatan quickly.[/p][/quote]That made we lol .. Great observation! And very true Hampshire hornet
  • Score: -2

9:21am Thu 4 Sep 14

bristol hornet says...

buckler wrote:
Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler!
Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy!
You really are the biggest joker of all time you Luton scumbag!

Get back to the salon and your prayer mat facing your beloved "I Love Bas" banner!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler![/p][/quote]Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy![/p][/quote]You really are the biggest joker of all time you Luton scumbag! Get back to the salon and your prayer mat facing your beloved "I Love Bas" banner! bristol hornet
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Thu 4 Sep 14

buckler says...

bristol hornet wrote:
buckler wrote:
Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler!
Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy!
You really are the biggest joker of all time you Luton scumbag!

Get back to the salon and your prayer mat facing your beloved "I Love Bas" banner!
See me on twitter wurzel or pipe down ! I now want to sort this out for real ..
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler![/p][/quote]Alec probably taking over from Ross Jenkins as chief tea boy![/p][/quote]You really are the biggest joker of all time you Luton scumbag! Get back to the salon and your prayer mat facing your beloved "I Love Bas" banner![/p][/quote]See me on twitter wurzel or pipe down ! I now want to sort this out for real .. buckler
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bert slater says...

Again we move on, these are interesting times at the vic.this is a different situation a new manager (coach) and we are in a good position usually we are struggling in the league so we are ahead of the game.i wish garcia all the best and I'm sure this will be the season for the promotion/play offs lets get behind the horns and enjoy the season.....COYH.
Again we move on, these are interesting times at the vic.this is a different situation a new manager (coach) and we are in a good position usually we are struggling in the league so we are ahead of the game.i wish garcia all the best and I'm sure this will be the season for the promotion/play offs lets get behind the horns and enjoy the season.....COYH. bert slater
  • Score: 0

9:06am Fri 5 Sep 14

mimiperena says...

Its obvious theres one coach to tell Gommes to stay on his line, another coach to tell him to stay on his 18 yard line, and a third coach to tell him to stay wherever he wants as long as he doesnt get the dammed ball lobbed over his head.

Theres been so many outstanding keepers at our club over the years we have been lucky. Ive a feeling Gommy will be good signing for us he certainly has the passion and the fact he could well be barmy only makes our saturday afternoons more entertaining. I think we came second in the old 1st division with Shirley in goal and played a cup semi with a Plumb in goal so lets be thankfull for what we have.
Its obvious theres one coach to tell Gommes to stay on his line, another coach to tell him to stay on his 18 yard line, and a third coach to tell him to stay wherever he wants as long as he doesnt get the dammed ball lobbed over his head. Theres been so many outstanding keepers at our club over the years we have been lucky. Ive a feeling Gommy will be good signing for us he certainly has the passion and the fact he could well be barmy only makes our saturday afternoons more entertaining. I think we came second in the old 1st division with Shirley in goal and played a cup semi with a Plumb in goal so lets be thankfull for what we have. mimiperena
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Fri 5 Sep 14

lutondown says...

Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler!
But I know what you really think of him. Didn't know you was looking for cheap thumbs up
Go practice daft chants
[quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: Hahaha seems the club really rate Alec!!!!! that'll annoy Lutondown and Buckler![/p][/quote]But I know what you really think of him. Didn't know you was looking for cheap thumbs up Go practice daft chants lutondown
  • Score: 0

1:04pm Fri 5 Sep 14

lutondown says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Unbeliveable , De Toffoll is 71 years old and quite frankly is a hopeless coach , Alec runs around like his ball boy. Hopefully Garcia will see through this charlatan quickly.
They should hire Boosey. Top goalkeeper in the Holywell world beating team. Looks dapper in 'those' slacks too.
Could we also have Mammary hornet as target practice for our strikers? That'd be nice
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Unbeliveable , De Toffoll is 71 years old and quite frankly is a hopeless coach , Alec runs around like his ball boy. Hopefully Garcia will see through this charlatan quickly.[/p][/quote]They should hire Boosey. Top goalkeeper in the Holywell world beating team. Looks dapper in 'those' slacks too. Could we also have Mammary hornet as target practice for our strikers? That'd be nice lutondown
  • Score: 2
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