Date:Monday September 11 2006
England`s 2003 Rugby Union World Cup-winning coach was in high-level talks with Watford supremo Aidy Boothroyd about a position that would have seen Woodward involved in every area of Watford`s on-pitch development.
However, since the former Southampton FC Technical Director was announced as Elite Performance Director to the British Olympic Team Boothroyd pulled the plug on the talks. Woodward felt that he could combine his British Olympic role with a role at Watford, but Boothroyd deemed that Woodward could not give the necessary time and commitment to The Hornets.
A club insider told The News of the World: "Talks between the two had been going on for weeks. Aidy was very excited as he had put great value on what would have been a newly-created position. He thought that he had got the perfect man and it was all systems go.
"But once the Olympics jobs was announced Aidy made a very rapid decision and Sir Clive was history as far as Watford was concerned. Unlike at Southampton where Sir Clive worked solely with kids, he would have been allowed to play a full part in developing players from the first team downwards.
"It was a golden opportunity which would have seen him having serious input at the club - but it`s gone now."
Boothroyd is a long-term admirer of Woodward, who gave him the idea of staging a mock penalty shoot-out after the Ipswich game last season as preparation for the play-off semi-finals.
Ten Man Watford Lose At Bournemouth (Friday January 30 2015)
Stats: Bournemouth v Watford (Friday January 30 2015)
Watford Chasing Manchester United Youngster (Tuesday January 27 2015)
Doncaster Rovers Set To Complete Ikpeazu Loan Deal (Tuesday January 27 2015)
Ikpeazu Returns Quickly From Crewe (Tuesday January 27 2015)
Ighalo Gets Four As Watford Come Back (Saturday January 24 2015)
Stats: Watford v Blackpool (Saturday January 24 2015)
PREVIEW: Watford v Blackpool (Saturday January 24 2015)
Opposing View: Blackpool (Saturday January 24 2015)
Ben Watson: Q&A with Vital Wigan (Friday January 23 2015)
|2. Derby County||27||15||6||6||25||51|
|Adam Forshaw: Hero Or Villain?
» Brentford : 31/01/2015 08:29:00
|Rovers Preview: Fulham (H)
» Blackburn : 31/01/2015 08:15:00
|Rovers Secure Spearing
» Blackburn : 31/01/2015 08:14:00
|LUFC Huddersfield Town v Leeds United - History
» Leeds Utd : 31/01/2015 08:00:00
|LUFC On This Day - January 31st
» Leeds Utd : 31/01/2015 07:00:00