Former England national team football coach Roy Hodgson has been appointed to replace Italian tactician Claudio Ranieri as relegation threatened English Premier League (EPL) side Watford
At 74 years old, Hodgson is the oldest-ever manager in the Premier League, while the job at Watford is the 17th different club he has managed in a 46-year managerial career.
Hodgson succeeds Ranieri, who had failed to turn around the team’s fortunes since being appointed in October.
The Hornets dropped into the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season after 3-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich last Friday on January 21st, 2022.
No wins, no clean sheets, no discipline – Watford struggles
Watford are without a win in nine games in all competitions (D1 L8), their longest run without a victory since December 2013 (10).
Norwich enjoyed their biggest margin of victory in a Premier League match since beating West Brom 4-0 in May 2013, and their biggest away from home in the division since September 1993, a 5-1 win at Everton.
Watford have now gone 30 Premier League games without a clean sheet (since a 3-0 win v Liverpool in February 2020), with only West Brom enduring a longer such run in the history of the competition (34 in 2011; Blackburn in 2012 and Wolves in 2012 both also on 30).
Since the start of 2016-17, only Arsenal (19) have picked up more Premier League red cards than Watford (18).
Asked about his future after the loss to the Canaries, the former Leicester and Chelsea manager said: “I don’t go away. I want to continue because I am a fighter. I’ve never given up in my career.”
Watford lost seven of their last eight league matches. Their most recent victory was the 4-1 defeat of Manchester United in November at Vicarage Road.
Ranieri’s departure means Watford have now sacked five head coaches since the exit of Javi Gracia in September 2019.
Quique Sanchez Flores, Nigel Pearson, Vladimir Ivic, Munoz and Ranieri have all left the club during that 28-month period, while Hayden Mullins has also had two spells as caretaker in that time.
Hodgson becomes the Pozzo family’s 15th permanent manager since they completed their takeover of Watford in June 2012.
Watford head coach exits since Pozzo family’s takeover in June 2012
- Sean Dyche – June 2011 to July 2012
- Gianfranco Zola – July 2012 to December 2013
- Giuseppe Sannino – December 2013 to August 2014
- Oscar Garcia – September 2014 to September 2014
- Billy McKinlay – September 2014 to October 2014
- Slavisa Jokanovic – October 2014 to June 2015
- Quique Sanchez Flores – June 2015 to May 2016
- Walter Mazzarri – July 2016 to May 2017
- Marco Silva – May 2017 to January 2018
- Javi Gracia – January 2018 to September 2019
- Quique Sanchez Flores – September 2019 to December 2019
- Nigel Pearson – December 2019 to July 2020
- Vladimir Ivic – August 2020 to December 2020
- Xisco Munoz – December 2020 to October 2021
- Claudio Ranieri – October 2021 to January 2022
When is Hodgson’s first game?
Watford travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Saturday, February 5 at 6pm in their re-arranged fixture.