Former Northampton Town manager Dean Austin has become Watford’s assistant manager.

The 49-year-old will work under new Hornets’ boss Quique Sanchez Flores, as per a report by the Watford Observer.

Austin, who spent his playing days with Southend United, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, has been out of work since his sacking by Northampton in September last year.

He retired in 2003 and managed non-league side Farnborough Town before first joining Watford’s academy as a coach. He then moved onto Southend in 2005 before going back to Vicarage Road as assistant to Brendan Rodgers after three years.

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Austin became Crystal Palace’s first team coach for a spell in 2010 before going onto become a scout for Bolton Wanderers and then assistant at Notts County.

He then joined Watford for a third time in 2015 and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League in his first season back. He stayed with them in the top flight but eventually left to become Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s number two at Northampton.

Austin became caretaker boss of the Cobblers in April 2018 and got the job on a full-time basis shortly after, however, he lasted just four months at the helm.

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He knows Watford inside out and moving back to Vicarage Road in the Premier League is a great opportunity for him to get back into the game after time spent away.


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