Watford boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that his contract with the Hornets is a short-term deal and that he will step down from management again at the end of the 2021/22 season. The former Crystal Palace and Liverpool boss has replaced Claudio Ranieri in a bid to keep Watford this season.
When Watford were promoted at the end of the 2020/21 season, many expected the Hornets and then head coach Xisco Munoz to succeed and manage to survive the season. However, things did not go to plan with Munoz sacked less than three months into the season as the club brought in Claudio Ranieri to replace it. However, the old Leicester city and chelsea the boss barely lasted three months himself with Roy Hodgson brought in to replace the Italian.
But while Hodgson has tried and improved the Hornets to some extent, they are still 12 points behind Burnley and Leeds United with their almost certain relegation. Many wondered what Hodgson would do beyond this season and the veteran manager revealed he would be retiring at the end of his contract. The Watford boss also revealed he has signed a short-term deal with the club and believes he has ‘earned the right to step back’.
“Obviously it’s short term. [deal]. Of course, I specified [to the Watford board] it would have to be short term by the end of the season. I took that job and came out of retirement to do that particular job,” Hodgson said, Sky Sports reported.
“Now that work is unfortunately over. I have enjoyed my work. I don’t think I will be putting my name forward for any further outings in the world of Premier League football. It’s a very demanding world and I think I’ve earned the right to step back and enjoy some time off and spend time with my wife and son.”
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