Watford Appoint Roy Hodgson As Manager


Watford have hired ex England manager Roy Hodgson to replace Claudio Ranieri who was sacked earlier this week.

Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri, now aged 70, was appointed on October 4th after previous manager Xisco Munoz was sacked – but managed only seven points from 13 Premier League games and a 17% win rate.

Following his departure, Watford have acted swiftly to sign their 15th manager in ten years, 74-year-old Roy Hodgson.

“Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club’s manager.

The ex-England national team boss is joined by his trusted assistant Ray Lewington, who managed the Hornets so admirably from 2002 until 2005.”

Last Friday’s 3-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich saw Watford drop into the bottom three with 18 matches left of the campaign and seemingly put the nail in the coffin in terms of Premier League winner Ranieri’s managerial stint at the club.

Hodgson, meanwhile, managed Crystal Palace last season, having managed Liverpool previously, and even leading Fulham to their highest ever Premier League finish and Europa League qualification, where the Cottagers knocked out the likes of Juventus, Wolfsburg and Hamburg on their way to the final, eventually losing to Atlético Madrid.

Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge of Watford’s is the Hornets’ next Premier League fixture; away to Burnley on Saturday February 5.