Kewell appointed Watford Under-21 boss

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Socceroo legend Harry Kewell has been appointed to coach Watford Under-21s this season.

Former Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray star Harry Kewell has been appointed as Watford's Under-21 coach.

The ex-Australia international will lead the club's young players into their first season in the Under-21 Professional Development League Two South.

Kewell, who won 56 caps for his country and played at two World Cups, brought the curtain down on his playing career last year following a brief stint at Melbourne Heart, and the new role at Watford represents his first step into coaching, although he has established a youth academy in Australia.

"We are delighted that Harry has agreed to join us as our new Under-21 coach," said sporting director Luke Dowling.

"Harry enjoyed an extremely successful career as a player, and he now has a proven track record when it comes to working with and nurturing gifted young footballers.

"His knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to the club's youth set-up as a whole, and the talented players we have within our Under-21 group."

Kewell was part of the Liverpool team that won the UEFA Champions League in 2005.

One of Australia’s greatest-ever players, Kewell has been focusing on developing junior footballers through his coaching academy since retiring last year.

In May, he revealed he was doing his coaching badges with the long-term aim of one day managing a Premier League or A-League side.

“For me, I reach for the heights – I’d love to manage a (English) Premiership team," he told Fox Sports.

“(I would) love to (coach Liverpool); I’m sure every player (and) every manager out there would love to manage probably the biggest club in the world.

“I’m no different. It’s a great club but you have to be worthy of it. But football and coaching are chalk and cheese and you have to go back to square one and learn again.”