Watford have appointed Rob Edwards as the club’s new permanent manager upon conclusion of 2021-22 season.
Following the Hornets’ failure to avoid relegation from the Premier League back down to the Sky Bet Championship, Roy Hodgson will leave the club upon completion of the current season on Sunday 22 May after Watford visit Chelsea in their final match of the season.
Rob Edwards will effectively assume managerial duties with immediate effects following Hodgson’s departure, having departed 2021-22 League Two champions, Forest Green Rovers earlier today to take up his new role.
Edwards’ decision to join Watford however comes under a controversial fashion which prompted Rovers to release the following statement: “We’re disappointed that our support, loyalty and honesty towards Rob has been repaid in this way – with negotiations taking place behind our backs.
We had no contact from Watford, from whom we might expect less, but in any event this kind of behaviour gives football a bad name.
Forest Green however iterated that they “forgive” Edwards for the manner in which he left the club in an indication that their fury lies firmly directly at Watford, rather than their manager himself.
Watford responded with their own statement, in which they commented: “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.”
The Hornets went on to say that they’re “delighted” to secure Edwards as Hodgson’s successor as the club prepare for life in the Championship, where they will look to once again secure instant promotion and bounce straight back up to the Premier League.
During his time at Forest Green, Edwards was crowned 2021-22 League Two Manager of the Season, following a successful promotion campaign in which he took the club on a 19-match unbeaten league run between October 2021 – February 2022 with 12 wins and seven draws.