Former Watford, Canada defender Watson takes San Jose reigns from ex-Ipswich star Yallop

San Jose Earthquakes interim coach Mark Watson says the team he has inherited does need a little bit of tinkering.

San Jose Earthquakes interim coach Mark Watson says the team he has inherited does need a little bit of tinkering.

The former Watford, Oxford United, Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada defender has taken the reigns from Frank Yallop at Buck Shaw Stadium after the former Ipswich Town man surprisingly left his role last week.

Watson, who will take charge of his first MLS game on Saturday against Colorado Rapids, is looking to instil some further defensive stability into the Quakes line-up.

“I think we’re going to work on being really organized defensively,” Watson said. “The stats show that we’ve conceded a lot of goals.

“We’ve conceded the first goal in a majority of our games, which has to stop. We can’t keep digging a hole for ourselves to climb out of. And I think we haven’t moved the ball as well as we have in the past. So we’re going to work a little bit on that, keeping possession.

“[We’re] still looking to get forward and getting the ball in the guys’ feet that we want in the attacking third. But we’ll maybe be a little more patient in how we get there.”

Watson added of San Jose’s 3-6-6 record: “The team’s not in a good situation, record-wise.

“So my job is to turn things around and get some wins. We’ll work with different scenarios, different lineups and try to find the right mix to get us that win to kind of turn the tide for us.”

 
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