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Roy Hodgson will sign a six-month contract to become Watford’s new manager TODAY… with the 74-year-old former England and Crystal Palace boss to replace Claudio Ranieri

  • Roy Hodgson will sign a six month contract to become new Watford manager
  • The 74-year-old has been out of work since he left Crystal Palace last year  
  • Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager of Watford after consistently poor form 
  • The Hornets are currently 19th in the Premier League, two points off safety 


Roy Hodgson will sign a six-month contract to become new Watford manager on Tuesday.

As Sportsmail revealed on Monday night, the 74-year-old has agreed to replace the sacked Claudio Ranieri.

Training is scheduled to start at 2pm this afternoon and the expectation is that Hodgson will address his new players before taking the session. 

Roy Hodgson will sign a six month contract to become new Watford manager on Tuesday

Roy Hodgson will sign a six month contract to become new Watford manager on Tuesday 

Hodgson has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season

Hodgson has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season

Just the formalities of Hodgson’s contract are left to complete with no late snags expected.

Hodgson will commit to the club until the end of the season and then review whether he will head into next season at the helm in the summer.

Watford’s players and staff are aware of Hodgson’s imminent arrival late on Monday night. 

Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager after just 16 weeks in the managerial hot seat

Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager after just 16 weeks in the managerial hot seat

Ranieri's sacking was expected after Watford's miserable 3-0 loss at home to Norwich

Ranieri’s sacking was expected after Watford’s miserable 3-0 loss at home to Norwich

Members of the squad are said to be excited by the arrival of the former England boss and his assistant Ray Lewington. 

Watford approached Hodgson to find out whether he was open to replacing Ranieri on Monday and the deal has accelerated quickly.

The 74-year-old left Crystal Palace at the end of last season and has been contemplating whether to return to the game. 

Ranieri left the club sat 19th in the Premier League, having managed to take just seven points from his time in charge at Vicarage Road. 

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on New Year’s Eve that the Italian was under increasing pressure at Vicarage Road amid doubts over his suitability as head coach and the decision then arrived after the 3-0 home defeat to Norwich City. 

Hodgson will be their third manager of the season after the Pozzo family, who own Watford, dismissed Xisco Munoz on October 3.

Munoz left Watford 14th in the league but they have been in freefall since Ranieri’s arrival. 

Ranieri apologised to fans after the Norwich humbling and he departs having overseen 11 defeats since he replaced Munoz in October.

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