Date: 21st June 2011 at 2:52pm
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Sean Dyche has been appointed Watford manager on a full-time basis having stepped up from his position as assistant manager.

Dyche first arrived at Vicarage Road in the summer of 2002 on a free transfer from Millwall to add much needed depth and experience to the Hornet`s meagre squad.

A regular during his first season at Vicarage Road, it was announced halfway through the 2003/04 season that Dyche would be allowed to move on to pastures new on a free transfer at the end of the season as the club would not be renewing his contract.

However, the Kettering-born defender seized his chance to impress when it came thanks to injuries at the back and signed a new deal before being appoint club captain when Neil Cox announced his resignation from the role.

Dyche lifted silverware in pre-season with the ‘Orns as they beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 to win the Copa de Ibiza. The 2004/05 season was not all fun and games for Watford as Ray Lewington was sacked, replaced by Aidy Boothroyd and Dyche once more found himself surplus to requirements.

The final two years of Dyche`s professional career were spent at Sixfields with Northampton before Boothroyd brought the defender back to Vicarage Road to coach the club`s U18 side.

From there, Dyche stepped up to help with first team coaching and when Boothroyd left in 2008, it was Dyche and Mackay that took charge of the first-team before Brendan Rodgers took over permanently.

When Rodgers upped sticks and left for Reading, Dyche was appointed as Mackay`s No.2 and remained so until the Scot joined Cardiff City recently.

Chairman Graham Taylor spoke of the continuity that Dyche would bring when speaking to the Official Site:

“Continuity is imperative. In Sean, we have a very decent man who understands what it means to work for Watford.

“He is a strong advocate of the importance of our home-grown talent flourishing, having been youth-team coach only a couple of years ago.”

Speaking to the Official Site, the new gaffer himself said:

“There’s a certain way of operating that has served this football club well in recent times.

“I genuinely feel we’re in a position where we can better ourselves. That’s probably because I’m looking at things from from the inside, and can see plenty to be very positive about here.”

During his three years at the club as a player, Dyche made 72 appearances without scoring.

Good luck from Vital Watford, Sean!