Watford set to replace Ranieri with ex-Liverpool boss Hodgson

Date published: Tuesday 25th January 2022 8:20 - Joe Williams

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Watford are set to name former Liverpool and Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson to replace Claudio Ranieri, according to reports.

The well-travelled Italian signed a two-year deal at Vicarage Road in October, replacing Xisco Munoz with the side 15th, having taken seven points from their first seven Premier League games.

But Ranieri only managed to double that points tally during his 13 top-flight matches in charge and he was sacked by Watford on Monday after 112 days.

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The Hornets languish in 19th place in the Premier League and sit just two points above bottom-placed Burnley, who have two games in hand on the Hertfordshire side.

The relegation rivals will go toe-to-toe in a rearranged encounter at Turf Moor in their next game on February 5, with last Friday’s chastening 3-0 home loss to struggling Norwich the final straw for the Watford hierarchy.

A club statement read: “Watford Football Club confirms the departure of head coach Claudio Ranieri.

“The Hornets’ board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity.

“However the board feels that, with nearly half of the Premier League campaign remaining, a change in the head coach position now will give a new appointment sufficient time to work with a talented squad to achieve the immediate goal of retaining Premier League status.

“No further club comment will be made until this new appointment is confirmed in due course.”

And now the Daily Mail claims that former England boss Hodgson ‘is on the brink of becoming new Watford head coach’ after Ranieri’s departure.

It is understood that ‘only the final bits of paperwork need completing before Hodgson and his assistant Ray Lewington are appointed’ with the Watford players and staff ‘aware of Hodgson’s imminent arrival’.

Hodgson, who was at Crystal Palace in his last job, has managed all across the world, including Sweden, Switzerland and of course, England.

The Daily Mail adds: ‘Watford approached Hodgson to find out whether he was open to replacing Ranieri on Monday and the deal has accelerated quickly.’

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