Watford FC name Roy Hodgson as Claudio Ranieri’s replacement!

Relegation threatened English Premier League side Watford FC have announced the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club’s new manager.

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

Best known for leading the Three Lions during a four-year spell which took in UEFA Euro 2012, FIFA World Cup 2014 and UEFA Euro 2016, Hodgson has also managed extensively at club level in England and across the world.

Most notably in this country, he led Fulham FC to their highest ever Premier League finish and UEFA Europa League qualification, where the Cottagers knocked out the likes of Juventus FC, VfL Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV on their way to the final, eventually losing to Atlético Madrid.

Named 2010 LMA Manager of the Year for his Craven Cottage exploits, Hodgson was appointed Liverpool FC manager the following season and later took the reins at fellow Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.

He led the Eagles to an 11th-placed finish in 2017/18 despite taking over a team that had lost its first four league matches without finding the net.

Internationally, Hodgson has held the manager’s position with the likes of Malmo FF, Inter Milan, FC Copenhagen and Udinese – and he also led the national teams in Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland.

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

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