Watford have appointed the Forest Green Rovers manager, Rob Edwards, as Roy Hodgson’s successor. Confirmation came after the League Two champions expressed disappointment that negotiations had been held “behind our backs” and said Edwards had left.
Watford identified Edwards, who guided Rovers to the title in his first season as a Football League manager, as an ideal successor to Hodgson, who will leave at the end of this campaign.
A young homegrown coach marks a significant change in the type of appointment Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, have typically made and Edwards becomes the club’s ninth permanent manager in five years.
Edwards, a 39-year-old former Wales defender, coached Wolves’ Under-23s and England’s Under-16s before being given a chance by Forest Green. He recently won the EFL League Two manager of the season award.
Watford’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed last Saturday. Forest Green will play in the third tier for the first time next season and were recently boosted by their director of football, Richard Hughes, committing his future amid interest from Portsmouth. “If there is karma in football, we will meet Watford in the Championship in a few years’ time,” Vince said.
Watford host Everton on Wednesday hoping to avoid a 12th consecutive home defeat.