‘I’ve earned the right to step back’ – Roy Hodgson quits as Watford boss and ex-Liverpool, Crystal Palace and England boss hints at retirement

Roy Hodgson has revealed he will be leaving Watford at the end of the season.

The 74-year-old got the job at Vicarage Road in January to replace Claudio Ranieri with the club facing relegation.

Hodgson received his CBE on Wednesday

It looks like Hodgson didn’t save them, with the Hornets falling 12 points from safety with four games left. If they fail to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday, their return to the league will be confirmed.

The veteran manager, whose career in the dugout began in 1976, picked up a CBE on Wednesday and broke the news shortly after.

Hodgson told Sky Sports: “It was just a discussion between me, Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury and they said to me, ‘we have this job that we think we need to do’.

“I made it clear that it had to be short-term between [then] and the end of the season and I came out of retirement to do this particular job.

“Now that work is unfortunately coming to an end and I have enjoyed my time doing this work, but I don’t think I will be putting my name forward any more for any further outings, if you will, in the world of Premier League football because it’s a very demanding world.

“And I think now I’ve earned the right to step back and enjoy some time off and spend time with my wife and son.”

'I've earned the right to step back' - Roy Hodgson quits as Watford boss and ex-Liverpool, Crystal Palace and England boss hints at retirement
Hodgson was successful for six separate decades, from the 1970s to the 2020s

Hodgson’s career has taken him around the world, to places like Malmö, Inter Milan, Fulham, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and his career highlight of managing the England national team.

After leaving Palace at the end of the 2020/21 season, he announced he would be away from football for a while, only to return a few months later.

Hodgson added: “I think you could talk to any of the managers who have decided to step down and announce their retirement, but they’re still doing something in the game.

“I would like to think that I will always be passionate enough about the game and involved enough in the game that certain particular aspects of the job can present themselves to me, which I think I can happily do.

“But as I say it’s not something I’m fighting for and I certainly don’t think I’ll be in charge of a Premier League team. I think that’s my swan song about that. -the.

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