Watford are set to appoint former England boss Roy Hodgson as their new head coach on a deal until the end of the season.
Hodgson is set to replace Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked on Monday after three-and-a-half months in charge, with Watford 19th in the table, two points from safety.
The Englishman, who is on his way to the Hornets to finalise his contract, has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season.
All parties will assess Hodgson’s future at Watford at the end of the season.
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At 74 years old, he will be the oldest ever manager in the Premier League, while the job at Watford will be the 17th different club he has managed in a 46-year managerial career.
Hodgson will succeed Ranieri, who had failed to turn around the team’s fortunes since being appointed in October. The Hornets dropped into the Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season after Friday’s 3-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich.
No wins, no clean sheets, no discipline – Watford struggles
Watford are without a win in nine games in all competitions (D1 L8), their longest run without a victory since December 2013 (10).
Norwich enjoyed their biggest margin of victory in a Premier League match since beating West Brom 4-0 in May 2013, and their biggest away from home in the division since September 1993, a 5-1 win at Everton.
Watford have now gone 30 Premier League games without a clean sheet (since a 3-0 win v Liverpool in February 2020), with only West Brom enduring a longer such run in the history of the competition (34 in 2011; Blackburn in 2012 and Wolves in 2012 both also on 30).
Since the start of 2016-17, only Arsenal (19) have picked up more Premier League red cards than Watford (18).
Asked about his future after the loss to the Canaries, the former Leicester and Chelsea manager said: “I don’t go away. I want to continue because I am a fighter. I’ve never given up in my career.”