Home TRENDING Roy Hodgson will be appointed as the new manager of Watford today.

Roy Hodgson will be appointed as the new manager of Watford today.

Watford are hoping to complete a deal on Tuesday to bring Roy Hodgson out of retirement to take over as manager from Claudio Ranieri. Gino Pozzo, the club’s owner, sees the 74-year-old former England manager as the right option to supervise Watford’s bid to avoid relegation.

Hodgson stepped down at the end of last season after a successful tenure at Crystal Palace, but he is ready to return, pending final details being worked out on Tuesday morning. He’d reclaim his title as the Premier League’s oldest manager ever.

Hodgson has a track record of leading problematic clubs to safety, having taken over a Crystal Palace team with no points from four games in September 2017 and accepting the Fulham position a few days after Christmas in 2007, when the squad had two Premier League victories.
When Hodgson announced he was retiring he left the door slightly ajar for an opening such as Watford. “One never knows,” he said. “It is a dangerous thing to do when you still feel good about yourself to start making bold statements about retirement. I am certainly not leaving Crystal Palace with the idea of putting myself back on the market for another job.

“I really am stepping away from football for a while, but who knows what the future will be? It is a never-say-never moment. I’ve seen so many people retire with all the fanfare blazing, only to surface again somewhere in a fairly short period of time. I’d prefer not to do that.”

Ranieri was sacked on Monday after only 16 weeks at Watford, during which he won two of 13 league games. The club are without a victory in nine games in all competitions, their longest such run since December 2013, and are 19th but only two points from safety. Their next game is at the bottom club, Burnley, on 5 February.

Hodgson worked with the Pozzo family during a spell with Udinese from June to December 2001 which ended with his dismissal after 17 matches.

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