Watford are in talks with Forest Green Rovers boss Rob Edwards

Watford ‘are in talks with League Two winners’ Forest Green Rovers boss Rob Edwards’ to replace retiring Roy Hodgson… as they seek a young homegrown coach to lead them in the Championship next season

  • Watford are reportedly in advanced talks with Forest Green Rovers’ Rob Edwards
  • The Hornets have also held talks with QPR coach John Eustace about taking over
  • The Championship club are keen to appoint a young homegrown manager

Watford are reportedly in advanced talks with Forest Green Rovers manager Rob Edwards to replace the retiring Roy Hodgson next season.

The 39-year-old is a surprise name on the shortlist, having guided the Rovers to a League Two title last week, to take over the Hornets head coach role.

Watford were relegated to the Championship following a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last week and have since made it a priority to recruit a young homegrown manager.

Watford are reportedly in advanced talks with Forest Green Rovers manager Rob Edwards

The 39-year-old guided the Rovers to the League Two title and could replace Roy Hodgson

It is reported that discussions with Edwards have taken place after talks with QPR coach John Eustace previously, according to The Athletic.

Eustace much like Edwards was one of the front-runners to take over the reins as they prepare for life in the Championship once again. 

The highly-rated 42-year-old made 168 appearances for Watford during a six year spell during his playing career.

QPR coach John Eustace is also a contender to take over at the Hornets ahead of next season

He has since gone on to build a promising reputation as a coach working with Kidderminster, QPR and the Republic of Ireland where he is assistant to Stephen Kenny. 

But talks have said to have broken down, therefore making Edwards the new favourite to take over the hot seat at Vicarage Road.  

Edwards enjoyed a 14-year playing career, mainly in the Football League, including 100 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers between 2004 and 2008.

He took caretaker charge of the west Midlands club in 2016, and has also managed Telford United, Wolves U23, England U16, before joining Forest Green last summer.

It will be a tough job if Edwards is to take it with Hodgson being Watford’s third manager this season, following Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri.

The managerial hunt has intensified since the news was confirmed that Hodgson will retire at the end of the season after a 46-year coaching career.

The managerial hunt has intensified since it was confirmed that Roy Hodgson will retire

Hodgson told Sky Sports: ‘Obviously, it’s a short-term [deal]. Certainly, I made it clear [to the Watford board] it would need to be a short-term one between now and the end of the season. 

‘I took that job on and came out of retirement to do that particular job. Now that job has unfortunately ended. 

‘I’ve enjoyed my time doing the job. I don’t think I shall be putting my name forward anymore for further stories in the world of Premier League football. 

‘It’s a very demanding world and I think I’ve earnt the right to step back and enjoy some free time and spend some time with my wife and son.’

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