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Watford in advanced talks with Rob Edwards over making him their new head coach - The Athletic

Watford are in advanced talks with Rob Edwards to become the club’s head coach from next season, The Athletic can reveal.Edwards, 39, is currently manager of...

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Watford are in advanced talks with Rob Edwards to become the club’s head coach from next season, The Athletic can reveal.

Edwards, 39, is currently manager of Forest Green Rovers, who won League Two last week.

Watford were relegated to the Championship on Saturday after losing at Crystal Palace.

It is understood that the talks with Edwards follow discussions with fellow contender John Eustace breaking down. Eustace has been an assistant at Queens Park Rangers since 2018.

The club were specifically aiming for a young, homegrown manager, a bill that fits Edwards. He had 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, and Forest Green.

If agreement is reached with Edwards and Forest Green Rovers then he will replace Roy Hodgson, who is set to retire from management at the end of the season after a 46-year coaching career, and become Watford's ninth permanent manager in five years.

Hodgson was Watford’s third manager this season, following Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri.

They face Everton tonight at Vicarage Road, looking to avoid a 12th consecutive home defeat.

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