Watford have appointed former Liverpool and Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson as their new manager.
The Hornets’ board fired manager Claudio Ranieiri earlier on Monday after a poor run of results which has seen them sit 19th on the log.
“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.”
The club through a statement announced.
Having managed Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool, Hodgson makes a return to the premier league after a successful four year stint at Crystal Palace. He becomes the 15th manager appointed at the helm since the Pozzo family took over in 2012.
The 74-year old also becomes the third Watford’s third manager for the season after Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri. Hodgson is faced with a daunting task of taking the Hornets just above the relegation waters.
Ray Lewington, who was manager of Watford between 2002 and 2005 will join as assistant manager, occupying the same position as he did with Hodgson for England and Palace.
Hodgson has been given a short-term initial contract to be at Vicarge road till the end of the season.
His first game in charge will be against to Burnley at the turf moor on 5 February. Burnley themselves sit bottom of the table with 4 games in hand.
Boasting of a very rich CV as he has managed in eight countries. Watford becomes his 17th club. He also had an unsucceasful stint at the England National team.
The Englishman will look to extend his own record as the oldest person to manage in the English Premier league. The veteran manager will look to repeat his managerial heroics which helped Crystal Palace remain in the premier league.
Crystal Palace were rooted to the bottom of the league when he joined in 2017. Despite losing his first three games in charge, he eventually guided the Eagles to a 11th place finish. He would go on to forsee a 12th and 14th place finish in his next two seasons and also a joint-best Premier league points tally of 49 in 2018-19, matching the record from the 42-game season in 1992-93 season.