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.
“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.