Kewell appointed Watford Under-21 boss

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.