David Hughes set to leave Watford and join the Welsh FA on a full-time basis

Dave Hughes will be leaving the Hornets next week.

Dave Hughes will be leaving the Hornets next week.

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The Hornets' youth coach David Hughes will be leaving the club to take up a full-time position with the Football Association of Wales, the Watford Observer understands.

Hughes joined the Golden Boys in September 2011 and played a part in the development of several first team players, including Tommie Hoban, Sean Murray and Luke O'Nien, to name a few.

The 36-year-old, who was hired as Wales' Under-19 manager on a part-time basis two years ago, will become the Welsh FA's assistant intermediate manager for the Under-17s to Under-21s age group.

We understand Watford have already made progress in finding his replacement.

The former Cardiff City and Aston Villa defender was the Shrews' head of youth before his switch to London Colney and has also held coaching roles at Cardiff and Barry Town.

Hughes, who holds a UEFA 'A' licence and is also qualified in sports science, is set to leave Watford next week.

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10:36am Wed 6 Aug 14

Hornankey says...

Good luck to him. Seems that he did a great job.
Good luck to him. Seems that he did a great job. Hornankey
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12:07pm Wed 6 Aug 14

SamTheEagle says...

Wish the man well. Does anyone know the outcome of him taking the youth team off over the 'racist' incident last year?
Wish the man well. Does anyone know the outcome of him taking the youth team off over the 'racist' incident last year? SamTheEagle
  • Score: 1

2:45pm Wed 6 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

SamTheEagle wrote:
Wish the man well. Does anyone know the outcome of him taking the youth team off over the 'racist' incident last year?
I think it got buried in email between the respective FA's but still marked "for action".
[quote][p][bold]SamTheEagle[/bold] wrote: Wish the man well. Does anyone know the outcome of him taking the youth team off over the 'racist' incident last year?[/p][/quote]I think it got buried in email between the respective FA's but still marked "for action". gloryhornet4
  • Score: 1

3:54pm Wed 6 Aug 14

andyhooked says...

I guess that because our accademy is so well respected that we will continue to lose quality coaches. Yet on the slightly negative side how many of our youngsters will be given a playing career at WFC?
I guess that because our accademy is so well respected that we will continue to lose quality coaches. Yet on the slightly negative side how many of our youngsters will be given a playing career at WFC? andyhooked
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

andyhooked wrote:
I guess that because our accademy is so well respected that we will continue to lose quality coaches. Yet on the slightly negative side how many of our youngsters will be given a playing career at WFC?
If they will be good enough to play they will just like Tommie Hoborn and Sean Murray. If they are like Jamie hand and Gary Fiskin or Dominic Blizzard then they wont make the grade as we are a different club now. There are many smaller teams in league 2 that hardly bring through any of their own players and recruit from outside their own towns etc. Take a look at the Blackpool situation right now they didn't have any players to bring into the 1st team. Our youngsters will get the best coaching and if they don't make it with us they will have a chance elsewhere to make a living.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: I guess that because our accademy is so well respected that we will continue to lose quality coaches. Yet on the slightly negative side how many of our youngsters will be given a playing career at WFC?[/p][/quote]If they will be good enough to play they will just like Tommie Hoborn and Sean Murray. If they are like Jamie hand and Gary Fiskin or Dominic Blizzard then they wont make the grade as we are a different club now. There are many smaller teams in league 2 that hardly bring through any of their own players and recruit from outside their own towns etc. Take a look at the Blackpool situation right now they didn't have any players to bring into the 1st team. Our youngsters will get the best coaching and if they don't make it with us they will have a chance elsewhere to make a living. jasonwatford
  • Score: 5

4:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

andyhooked says...

Fair commnet to a point Jason. I agree with your comment. We are not a Prem club but it is disappointing that it is easier to bring in non-english players (at all levels) to the detriment of England ever being a half-decent team.
Fair commnet to a point Jason. I agree with your comment. We are not a Prem club but it is disappointing that it is easier to bring in non-english players (at all levels) to the detriment of England ever being a half-decent team. andyhooked
  • Score: 4

6:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Guy Bov says...

Lot of our youngsters signed on as first year pro's. EPPP makes it less and less worthwhile to have a good academy,,,, Ogo Obi effectively stolen by Man Utd is proof of that
Lot of our youngsters signed on as first year pro's. EPPP makes it less and less worthwhile to have a good academy,,,, Ogo Obi effectively stolen by Man Utd is proof of that Guy Bov
  • Score: 2

7:08pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Rookery Veteren says...

See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest.
£5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit?
See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest. £5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit? Rookery Veteren
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Retlas says...

Tongue in cheek! Troy now....hhhmmm....£1
2m??
Tongue in cheek! Troy now....hhhmmm....£1 2m?? Retlas
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Rookery Veteren wrote:
See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest.
£5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit?
I think you are right, there is a first refusal as well, not that that is workable if the player says no.

Large slice - the standard is 15% but maybe more would not be a surprise on this occasion.
[quote][p][bold]Rookery Veteren[/bold] wrote: See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest. £5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit?[/p][/quote]I think you are right, there is a first refusal as well, not that that is workable if the player says no. Large slice - the standard is 15% but maybe more would not be a surprise on this occasion. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 1

8:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Les Dyttle says...

Never understood the sale of Britt - seemed to fit the Pozzo model of holding onto a young promising player to sell later at a sizeable profit. They certainly lost out on at least £3m with that decision.
Never understood the sale of Britt - seemed to fit the Pozzo model of holding onto a young promising player to sell later at a sizeable profit. They certainly lost out on at least £3m with that decision. Les Dyttle
  • Score: -6

8:29pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Denzil D says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Rookery Veteren wrote:
See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest.
£5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit?
I think you are right, there is a first refusal as well, not that that is workable if the player says no.

Large slice - the standard is 15% but maybe more would not be a surprise on this occasion.
Read in a few places £5.5m up to potential £8m with add-ons and we have a 35% sell-on clause. So that's a minimum £1.4m on top of the original £1.5m.

Of course with hindsight we'd have been better loaning him out, but a guaranteed £1.5m + big sell-on % for - at the time - a very unproven youngster was probably shrewd business...

Still disappointing we saw so little of one of our best recent academy prospects in a yellow shirt.
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rookery Veteren[/bold] wrote: See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest. £5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit?[/p][/quote]I think you are right, there is a first refusal as well, not that that is workable if the player says no. Large slice - the standard is 15% but maybe more would not be a surprise on this occasion.[/p][/quote]Read in a few places £5.5m up to potential £8m with add-ons and we have a 35% sell-on clause. So that's a minimum £1.4m on top of the original £1.5m. Of course with hindsight we'd have been better loaning him out, but a guaranteed £1.5m + big sell-on % for - at the time - a very unproven youngster was probably shrewd business... Still disappointing we saw so little of one of our best recent academy prospects in a yellow shirt. Denzil D
  • Score: 2

10:13pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Sahorn says...

Good luck David Hughes, and thankyou for all you did for Watford's youngsters ..

.. and if you come across another budding John Charles, remember who helped your career and send him our way ..
Good luck David Hughes, and thankyou for all you did for Watford's youngsters .. .. and if you come across another budding John Charles, remember who helped your career and send him our way .. Sahorn
  • Score: 2

4:12pm Thu 7 Aug 14

OliverF1976 says...

Denzil D wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
Rookery Veteren wrote: See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest. £5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit?
I think you are right, there is a first refusal as well, not that that is workable if the player says no. Large slice - the standard is 15% but maybe more would not be a surprise on this occasion.
Read in a few places £5.5m up to potential £8m with add-ons and we have a 35% sell-on clause. So that's a minimum £1.4m on top of the original £1.5m. Of course with hindsight we'd have been better loaning him out, but a guaranteed £1.5m + big sell-on % for - at the time - a very unproven youngster was probably shrewd business... Still disappointing we saw so little of one of our best recent academy prospects in a yellow shirt.
The sell on clause was 50% and this was an amazing bit of business from the Pozzos. So far we have made over 3 million from a player unproven above League 1 level. There are no guarantees he will cut the mustard in The Championship. I've seen it all before with prolific league 1 strikers so at this moment in time this was shrewd business from our very knowledgeable and astute owners.
[quote][p][bold]Denzil D[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rookery Veteren[/bold] wrote: See our ex academy star Britt A. is on verge of big money move to Forrest. £5m or £5.5m depending on who you believe. Huge hike in his value since we sold him to Posh this time last year.Am I right in thinking we are due a large slice of their profit?[/p][/quote]I think you are right, there is a first refusal as well, not that that is workable if the player says no. Large slice - the standard is 15% but maybe more would not be a surprise on this occasion.[/p][/quote]Read in a few places £5.5m up to potential £8m with add-ons and we have a 35% sell-on clause. So that's a minimum £1.4m on top of the original £1.5m. Of course with hindsight we'd have been better loaning him out, but a guaranteed £1.5m + big sell-on % for - at the time - a very unproven youngster was probably shrewd business... Still disappointing we saw so little of one of our best recent academy prospects in a yellow shirt.[/p][/quote]The sell on clause was 50% and this was an amazing bit of business from the Pozzos. So far we have made over 3 million from a player unproven above League 1 level. There are no guarantees he will cut the mustard in The Championship. I've seen it all before with prolific league 1 strikers so at this moment in time this was shrewd business from our very knowledgeable and astute owners. OliverF1976
  • Score: 1

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