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Evergreen Roy Hodgson confirmed as Watford's new manager

Watford have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager.  The 74-year old rep...



Watford have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager. 

The 74-year old replaces Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked on Monday following a run of just two wins in fourteen matches.

Hodgson will be assisted by his regular lieutenant, Ray Lewington, and also sees him reunited with Watford's owners, the Pozzo family.

He took over at the Pozzo's other club - Udinese - in June of 2001, but was sacked just nine months later with the club ninth in Serie A and in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

When he left the Bianconeri, he described them as "an extremely strange club", and that his players were not as "well supported as we should be".

Hodgson left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, with the intention of taking a break from the game. Despite his advancing years, he did not rule out a return to football.

The former England boss takes the reins at Vicarage Road, with the club second-from-bottom in the table, and two points from safety.

He's performed Premier League salvage jobs before, both at Fulham and West Brom. Indeed, he transformed the former into UEFA Europa League finalists.

Hodgson and Lewington took Watford training on Tuesday, giving them ample preparation time for the trip to Burnley on February 5. That game will see him come face-to-face with the first of 14 managers to be fired by the Pozzos - Sean Dyche.

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