Watford appoints Rob Edwards head coach to replace Roy Hodgson Football news

Watford have appointed Rob Edwards to succeed Roy Hodgson as his new head coach following his controversial departure from Forest Green.

Forest Green president Dale Vince accused Watford of “doubling the fraud” after Edwards left the club earlier Wednesday and entered into advanced negotiations for a position at Vicarage Road.

Edwards helped the Rovers lead to League 2 title 2021/22, finishing ahead of Exeter on goal-difference, but the club confirmed they had left their position “with negotiations going on behind our backs” about moving to Watford.

Watford confirmed the appointment in a statement, saying Edwards “had a contractual provision allowing him to leave Forest Green Rovers at any time to discuss employment opportunities at other clubs”.

The 39-year-old took over Forest Green 12 months ago after being in charge of Telford, Wolves U23 and England U16.

Edwards moved on to a coaching career after a playing career in which he represented Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and the Wolves. In December 2002, the debut for Villa’s first team was handed to him by Graham Taylor, the legendary former Watford manager.

Edwards will take over Hodgson, who is due to leave the Hornets at the end of the current campaign after failing to save the club from relegation from the Premier League.

Watford are currently in a six-game losing streak and their return to the Championship was confirmed Saturday after 1-0 defeat by Hodgson’s former club, Crystal Palace.

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Hodgson took over from Watford in January and became their third head coach this season after Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri, but he won just two of his 15 games at the helm.

The former England coach has also been unable to reverse the Hornets ’home form, and his team currently has a run of 11 defeats on Vicarage Road.

‘Deal done behind our backs’: Forest Green rages at approach to Watford

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Forest Green Rovers President Dale Vince says he is disappointed that Watford has not approached them that he wants Rob Edwards for his next manager

Vince was less than impressed with the developments, revealing that he called Edwards on Tuesday night as speculation increased.

As soon as he started talking, I knew it was real, Vince said exclusively Sky Sports News. “[He told me] that he was in negotiations [with Watford] and felt it was a great opportunity for him.

“The feeling was the biggest disappointment for me, because in football people keep coming and going. The way it’s done is important.

“I wish him well, but he is miserable from Watford, who claims to be starting a new era, and he is miserable from Rob. He has let us down, but he knows it, so he knows it, so it is, and we will move on.”

Vince stressed that Watford should have contacted Rovers initially so that negotiations could begin properly.

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“Watford advised Rob not to tell us specifically, so for me that doubles the scam,” Vince added. “It’s something that gives football a bad reputation and something that shouldn’t happen, but happens from time to time.

“I believe Watford arrived today, so there will now be some more formal, more correct process for Rob’s time to end here and for it to begin in Watford.”

Rovers will now begin their own quest to replace Edwards, who took over the club during the summer of 2021.

“We already have a shortlist and we will just continue with it,” Vince said. “We will find another young coach in the coming period who has all the attributes we were looking for in Rob and we will go again. We are just moving on.

“It’s hard not to let it take away our brilliance from what happened, the promotion and winning the title, but it won’t stand in the way of what we do in the future because we will continue to act the way we do. – open and honest with everyone. “

Vince added: “I think everything will be fine – and if there is karma in football, we will meet Watford in the Championship in a few years.”

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