Watford boss will not poach Brighton backroom staff

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Oscar Garcia will not be hiring his backroom staff from Brighton, with Nathan Jones keen to stay with the Seagulls.

The Spanish coach was appointed as Watford head coach last week, following the departure of Beppe Sannino, with the Hornets currently second in the Championship.

The majority of the Vicarage Road back room staff left upon Sannino’s departure, with just long-time associate, and club legend, Alec Chamberlain remaining in his role as goalkeeping coach.

Whilst Garcia has already appointed Ruben Martinez - who worked with him on the South Coast - as an extra goalkeeping coach, to work alongside Chamberlain, he has yet to hire an assistant manager, and the former Barcelona man has confirmed that his former number two Nathan Jones will be staying with Brighton.

Jones stayed with the Seagulls following Garcia’s departure last season, and he is currently working as first-team coach under new boss Sami Hyypia. When asked if he was looking to bring Jones to Hertfordshire, Garcia told the official Football League website that he had no intentions on stealing the current Albion coaching team.

The 41-year old said: "No. He is doing a good job there and will not come here.

"We are trying to find the best people. It's not about the number of people, it's about finding the right people.”

Garcia has just under a week to appoint an assistant coach at Vicarage Road if he wants a coaching set-up in time for his debut as Hornets boss. However, with the Director of Football set-up at the club, it is unlikely that Garcia has been personally looking for a number two, with his main priority to prepare the playing squad for the reminder of the Championship campaign.

The Italian owned club currently sit second in the league, having won four out of five games, and they travel to Charlton this weekend looking to extend their good start to the season.

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