Dave Watson
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Dave Watson was most recently the Youth Team Coach for Newcastle United.

The former Everton central defender Dave Watson made a name for himself as a man who can be relied on to take responsibility in a difficult situation.

Given his first managerial appointment by Tranmere in May 2001, at a time when the Wirral-based club had been relegated to the third tier of English football, he replaced former Everton team-mate Kevin Sheedy who had been caretaker boss at Prenton Park for just six weeks following John Aldridge's resignation.

Sheedy could not prevent Rovers' relegation to Division Two and Dave was given the opportunity to plan their return to the First Division.

Dave's career started at Liverpool but he didn't make an appearance in the famous Bob Paisley-led first team and in 1979 he moved to East Anglia and joined Norwich City.

After six years at Carrow Road City, he moved to Goodison Park and spent the remainder of his 20-year playing career there, appearing over 500 times for The Toffees.

Dave spent his last two seasons at Goodison coaching the side and learning from Everton's manager at the time, Walter Smith, having finally hung up his boots.

Dave's playing record boasts all of the three major honours in the English domestic game. He lifted the League Cup as part of Norwich's triumph in 1985 and the old Division Two Championship the year after.

The no-nonsense defender stepped up his achievements in the ensuing 15 years he spent at Goodison, picking up a league championship medal in 1987 and an FA Cup winners' medal in 1995. He also played in the 1989 FA Cup final for Everton when they were runners-up against Liverpool.

Dave's talents were also rewarded with seven caps for England's under-21 side and 12 caps for the seniors.

Renowned for his uncompromising style in defence, Dave found his managerial baptism tough at Tranmere.

After guiding his side to 12th place in Division Two in the season 2001-02, Dave was preparing for the new campaign when he was dismissed, on August 2, following a 7-0 friendly defeat by Barclaycard Premiership newcomers Birmingham City.

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