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Watford appoint Roy Hodgson, 74, as manager to replace sacked Claudio Ranieri

Watford appoint Roy Hodgson, 74, as manager to replace sacked Claudio Ranieri

Roy Hodgson has been confirmed as Watford’s new manager after agreeing to take charge of the relegation-threatened club until the end of the season.

 

According to Sportsmail, the 74-year-old will land a seven-figure bonus, on top of what is described as a ‘modest’ salary, if he can lead the club to Premier League safety.

 

Hodgson entered Watford’s London Colney base on Tuesday morning, to complete the formalities of a six-month contract.

 

Later in the evening, his appointment was confirmed and announced to fans. 

 

A Watford statement read: ‘Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club’s manager.

 

‘Hodgson and Lewington begin preparations immediately for Watford’s next Premier League fixture; away to Burnley on Saturday, February 5.

 

‘Welcome to Watford, Roy. And welcome back, Ray!’

 

Hodgson replaces Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked on Monday after a dismal run capped by a 3-0 home defeat by relegation rivals Norwich.

 

Upon his departure, the Italian said on Monday: ‘Good luck to everybody, Watford, the fans, the board — that’s football but I believe with these new players Watford can be safe.

 

‘A fantastic manager is arriving. I wish them all the best.’

 

The ex-England national team boss is joined by his trusted assistant Ray Lewington, who managed the Hornets so admirably from 2002 until 2005.

 

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