QPR coach John Eustace emerges as leading candidate to replace Roy Hodgson at Watford with veteran manager going back into retirement at the end of the season
- Roy Hodgson, 74, has confirmed that he will not be staying on as Watford boss
- Hodgson was appointed by the Hornets in January to help them avoid relegation
- Watford have been all-but-relegated with four matches left to play this term
QPR coach John Eustace has emerged as a contender to take over from Roy Hodgson at Watford.
The highly-rated 42-year-old is understood to have held initial talks with the doomed Premier League side as they look to formalise a shortlist going into this week.
Eustace made 168 appearances for Watford during a six year spell during his playing career.
QPR coach John Eustace has emerged as a contender to take over from Roy Hodgson
He has since gone on to build a promising reputation as a coach working with Kidderminster, QPR and the Republic of Ireland where he is assistant to Stephen Kenny.
Watford want to appoint a homegrown manager following on from Hodgson who has failed to halt their slump towards the Championship.
Wigan Athletic’s Leam Richardson and Liam Manning of MK Dons have also been discussed as potential candidates.
Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he will not be staying on as Watford manager next season