Watford youth coach Darren Sarll leaves club after suspension over bullying claims

WATFORD’S Head of Academy Darren Sarll has left the club having been suspended amid allegations of bullying.

Former Stevenage manager Sarll arrived at the Premier League side last summer after being appointed by Watford’s sporting director Andy Scott.

Darren Sarll has left his role as Head of Academy at Watford
Darren Sarll has left his role as Head of Academy at Watford
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But the 35-year-old was put on a suspension at the end of last month when allegations were made to the Hornets’ safeguarding department.

Concerns were reported by both players and staff over the coach’s behaviour and conduct around the club.

Sarll’s main role was to work with the older players in the academy at Vicarage Road to help them make the step up to senior football.

Watford immediately launched an investigation into the allegations, while the Premier League also sent officials to take statements.

Sarll was suspended last month amid allegations of bullying by players and staff
Sarll was suspended last month amid allegations of bullying by players and staff
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The club have today announced he would be ‘amicably’ leaving his position in a statement on their website.

A spokesman said: “We’d like to thank Darren for his efforts and achievements on and off the pitch, and wish him all the best for the future.

“Darren has brought a wealth of experience to his role, has been nothing but dedicated during his time at Watford and is now moving on to his next challenge, which we are sure he will make an equal success of.

Sarll said: “I would like to thank Watford FC for giving me the opportunity to lead their Academy.

“There are a huge number of extremely talented staff and young people coming through the ranks and I wish all of them the very best for the future.

“Helping to coach and develop players is something I have always loved doing and I look forward to the next chapter in my career.”

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