First Team 1 month ago

Official: Shakespeare Joins Pearson's Staff

Former Premier League-winning coach Craig Shakespeare has been added to Nigel Pearson’s backroom team, the Hornets can confirm.

The 56-year-old – who was assistant to Claudio Ranieri during Leicester’s title-winning 2015/16 campaign – joins Watford as Assistant Head Coach.

An ex-teammate of Pearson’s at Sheffield Wednesday, Shakespeare also worked alongside the Hornets’ new Head Coach at West Brom, Leicester City and Hull City.

He had a spell as the Foxes’ manager in 2017 and has also previously coached at Everton as well as on the international stage with England.

Further confirmations with regards to Pearson’s coaching staff will follow in due course.

First Team 1 month ago

Masina: “We Have To Push Together As One”

Adam Masina said he noticed an improved performance spurred on by an especially vocal support at Vicarage Road against Crystal Palace.

“It was a good performance, but we have to push, push, push until the end because we know the way is hard, but we will fight until the end,” said the left-back.

“We know, we are professional, we have to push. We know it’s a hard moment for everybody, for the fans as well, and we have to say thanks to them because every time they are amazing, and we have to push together as one.

“They know the moment is hard for everybody and now we have to realise that we are at the bottom of the table and we have to improve it.”

The Hornets were invigorated by the support from the crowd and Interim Head Coach Hayden Mullins, but also received a pre-match boost from new Head Coach Nigel Pearson.

“He came to say something to us to encourage us, and I think he can help us. We have to start immediately, and we have to push with him and with everybody,” said Masina.

“We have to work during the week with the new Head Coach and keep going and if we can, make it better – but I think we are in the right way for climbing the table.”

The 25-year-old, always ready when called upon, put in an impressive shift to help keep quiet a quick and skilful Eagles attack.

“I’m feeling better, I’m available all the time and when the coach needs me, I will be ready,” he said. “I will be ready until the end and, now the new coach is here, I will be ready for him as well.”