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Hodgson on Watford replacement Edwards: ‘Quite frankly I wouldn’t recognise him’ - The Athletic

Outgoing Watford manager Roy Hodgson has said he “wouldn’t recognise” his replacement Rob Edwards but is willing to offer him advice on the role.Watford were...

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Outgoing Watford manager Roy Hodgson has said he “wouldn’t recognise” his replacement Rob Edwards but is willing to offer him advice on the role.

Watford were relegated to the Championship last Saturday after losing 1-0 at Crystal Palace with Hodgson set to retire from management at the end of the season after a 46-year coaching career.

Edwards, who has guided Forest Green Rovers to the League Two title, has been named as Hodgson’s successor. When asked at a pre-match press conference whether the two had spoken yet, however, Hodgson said: “No. Quite frankly I wouldn’t recognise him, I haven’t seen him.

“He doesn’t need to speak to me, his talking is going to be speaking with Gino Pozzo, that is who he needs to be speaking to.

“If he wants to speak to me I will be more than happy to speak to him but I am not going to impose a conversation on him, but if he wants to speak to me and hear anything I am thinking I am more than happy to speak to him but it would have to be an initiative that comes from him.

“I know who he is and what he has done but I haven’t seen him or be able to recognise him.”

The 74-year-old also answered on whether he could be tempted out of retirement for a second time, saying: “There is no doubt this feels worse, partly because the team is relegated but also knowing that this retirement will definitely be the serious retirement and I won’t get tempted back again after this stint.

“I have to come to terms with that and it is only right that I come to terms with it.

“It has been a fantastic innings that I have had, an incredibly long career and a very pleasurable one, I have enjoyed every moment of it, it is the right moment.

“Having said that I was out there on the grass today coaching a small group of players and I still realise I still quite like that side of the job, but I will have to ween myself off it.

“It’s dangerous to say never because I am relativity fit and healthy, I am not retiring because I couldn’t do it, it’s not that sort of situation but at the same time, next time I will give myself a stern talking to and say, ‘Even if you think you are capable, it is not the right thing to do’.

“My CV won’t be floating around various clubs, that’s for certain.”

Watford’s next fixture is on Sunday, when they host Leicester City at Vicarage Road.

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