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Watford appoints Roy Hodgson as manager as the 74-year-old ex-England boss quickly replaces sacked Claudio Ranieri

WATFORD has appointed Roy Hodgson as their new manager following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Italians have Show window only 112 days of his two-year contract after the horrible Friday night Lost 3-0 at home against relegation rivals Norwich.

Roy Hodgson has been appointed Watford manager after Claudio Ranieri was sacked

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Roy Hodgson has been appointed Watford manager after Claudio Ranieri was sackedCredit: PA
Claudio Ranieri has malfunctioned after just 112 days in charge following a 0-3 home loss to Norwich

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Claudio Ranieri has malfunctioned after just 112 days in charge following a 0-3 home loss to NorwichCredit: Reuters

And Giant hornet The board has appointed the experienced, 74-year-old Hodgson, to stabilize the ship with their Premier League status on the line.

The former England manager has extensive experience in the Premier League, with Blackburn, Fulham, West Brom, Liverpool and most recently Crystal Palace between 2017 and 2021.

Hodgson previously worked for Gino Pozzo’s father, Giampaolo, of Watford owners in Udinese in 2001.

But with Pozzo Jr burning 15 bosses in just 10 years, Hodgson – who has hinted at retirement after leaving Palace last year – knows he will need results from what started.

Hodgson arrives at Vicarage Road with 19th Watford in Prem, two points ahead of 17th-placed Norwich – but with two games in hand.

His first game will be against the Burnley basement teams on Saturday, February 5.

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And the Hornets board has suggested that Hodgson will be expected to turn things around immediately, as they club statement revealed they were fired Ranieri when they gave the new boss as much time as possible to save them.

It read: “Watford Football Club confirm the departure of Head Coach Claudio Ranieri.

“The Hornets Board of Directors recognizes Claudio as a man of immense integrity and honor who will always be respected at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity.

“However, the Board feels that, with almost half of the Premier League campaign left, the change in Head Coach position will now give a new appointment enough time to work with a talented squad aiming to achieve their immediate goal of retaining a Premier League spot.

“The club will not comment further until this new appointment is confirmed in due course.”

Ranieri was signed to a two-year contract when he replaced Xisco Munoz in October 2021.

But after just 14 games in charge, the former Chelsea manager became the seventh official coach to be sacked by Watford since the summer of 2017.

Unbelievably, Malky Mackay is the last boss to survive two seasons at Watford.

The Hornets’ former Scot left the club in June 2011 – more than a decade ago.

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Caroline Bleakley

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