Relegated Rob Edwards, the former manager of Forest Green Rovers, has been named the next manager of Watford, effective at the conclusion of the of the current season.
Exit confirmation was made after Edwards’ resignation from Rovers, who recently won the League Two championship under his leadership.
Forest Green previously said that Watford and Edwards discussions were conducted “behind our backs.”
Roy Hodgson, the current manager of Watford, will depart the club at the conclusion of the current season.
Owner Dale Vince: Forest Green is a great club with a great future “It diminishes the luster of securing a promotion. A few years from now, they’ll be languishing in the Championship, and we’ll all meet them there.”
Watford and his agent had told him to keep it a secret from Forest Green, which I thought was a foolish decision on their part.. In Rob’s opinion, it’s a terrible piece of work, and he actually knows it.
As a human, “I believed I understood him better.”
Watford were demoted from the Premier League on Saturday after losing to Crystal Palace, a club that previous manager Roy Hodgson managed.
Watford claimed in a statement that “Rob has a contractual clause enabling both him and to leave Forest Green Rovers and at any time to negotiate job options at other clubs and the Hornets are glad to report our negotiations completed today.”
The 39-year-old Edwards will take over as Watford’s ninth permanent general manager since the beginning of 2018.
Rovers were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history last season under the guidance of the former Wales international, who had previously managed England’s minor sides.
Edwards has previously served as temporary manager of Wolves and full-time manager of Telford United.
In the England Under-20s program, he worked as a coach, ultimately becoming the new head coach of the whole country’s Under-16s team from 2020.

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