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Watford Appoints New Head Coach

Relegated Watford has appointed a new head coach Rob Edwards to oversee the club in the Sky Bet Championship starting from next season. The new coach is a former Forest Green Rovers boss. The confirmation follows Edwards’ departure from Rovers, the club he has just led to the League Two title. Forest Green had earlier said negotiations between Watford and Edwards took place behind their backs but that notwithstanding the manager will be with Watford come next season.

Watford Appoints Rob Edwards as their New Head Coach

Current Hornet boss Roy Hodgson is due to leave the Hornets at the end of the current campaign. Watford’s relegation status was confirmed by Hodgson’s former team Crystal Palace brat them on Saturday. In a statement, Watford said: “Rob had a contractual provision allowing him to leave Forest Green Rovers at any time to discuss employment opportunities at other clubs and the Hornets are delighted to confirm our discussions concluded today.”

Watford Appoints New Head Coach
Watford Appoints New Head Coach

39-year-old Rob Edwards will become their eighth permanent manager since the start of 2018. The former Wales international took over at Rovers last summer, having previously coached England’s youth teams, and led the Gloucestershire club, who entered the Football League in 2017, to the first promotion from League Two. He was also with Wolves as an interim manager.

He was also with Telford United as a full-time coach but worked as a coach in the England Under-20s setup, eventually being named head coach of the country’s Under-16s side from2020 before his move to Forest Green.

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