Roy Hodgson: Watford set to appoint former England boss as head coach following Claudio Ranieri sacking

After firing Ranieri on Monday,Watford are close to appointing Roy Hodgson as their new head coach.

A deal for the former Crystal Palace boss is said to be close, and he could begin work as early as Tuesday.

Since leaving Palace at the end of last season, he has been out of work.

Ranieri was dismissed after just over three months in charge.

The Hornets dropped into the bottom half of the table for the first time this season after Friday's home defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich, with Ranieri failing to turn around the team's fortunes since he was appointed in October.

After the loss to the Canaries, the former manager said he wouldn't go away. I want to keep fighting. I've never given up on my career.

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The match had Norwich out of the bottom three.

They lost seven of their last eight league matches. Their most recent victory was against Manchester United.

The Hornets' board recognised Ranieri as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity.

With nearly half of the season remaining, the board feels that a change in the head coach position will give a new appointment enough time to work with a talented squad to achieve the immediate goal of keeping the club in the top flight.

Until this new appointment is confirmed, no further club comment will be made.

They have not won in nine games in all competitions, their longest run without a victory since December.

It was the biggest margin of victory in the division since 1993, when they beat Everton by a single goal.

Since a 2-0 win vLiverpool in February 2020 in which they scored three goals,Watford have gone 30 games without a clean sheet, the second-longest such run in the history of the competition behind West Brom's 34 games in 2011.

Since the start of the season, only one team has picked up more red cards than the other.

During the first seven matches of the season, Ranieri won two and lost four. The Hornets were promoted to the top flight last season.

Ranieri's first match in charge was a whitewash at the hands of the Reds, but he got his first win in his next game when he beat the Toffees.

The win over United was Ranieri's second and final victory as a manager. He lost 11 of his 14 matches.

The Pozzo family took over the helm of the Hornets in June of 2012.

Sean Dyche was in June and July of 2011.
Between July 2012 and December 2013).
Giuseppe Sannino was in December to August.
The month of September has been named Oscar Garcia.
The month of September to October was occupied by Billy McKinlay.
In October and June of 2015, Slavisa Jokanovic.
June 2015 to May 2016 is when the Quique Sanchez Flores was.
Walter Mazzarri was in July 2016 to May 2017:
Marco Silva lived from May to January.
The period from January to September is called Javi Gracia.
September to December of 2019.
December to July 2020.
August 2020 to December 2020.
December 2020 to October 2021.
October 2021. to January 2022.

Since the departure of Javi Gracia, five head coaches have been fired by the Hornets.

During that time period, the club has had six departures and two spells as caretakers.

The Pozzo family have had 15 permanent managers since they took control ofWatford in June 2012.

What's next?

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