Watford agree deal for Rob Edwards in new twist - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

11th May, 2022 | 12:09pm

Sources: Watford agree deal with Rob Edwards

Watford have agreed a deal for Forest Green Rovers boss Rob Edwards to become the club’s new manager, Football Insider understands.

The Premier League have set their sights on a homegrown British manager to replace Roy Hodgson when he leaves at the end of the season.

A Watford source has told Football Insider that club chiefs have agreed terms with Edwards, 39, after a breakthrough in talks and are confident he will now take charge at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets had held early talks with QPR coach John Eustace, 42, after identifying him as a prime candidate.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett, 48, was also considered as club chiefs looked for a proven Championship expert.

However, in a new twist, Watford have moved swiftly to agree terms with Edwards after impressing with Forest Green.

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The former Wolves coach was only appointed in May 2021 but managed to guide Rovers to the League Two title this season.

He is relatively inexperienced in management, with the Forest Green job only his second senior post.

Edwards started off his coaching career with Wolves’ under-18s.

He was assistant manager to Kenny Jackett, Paul Lambert and Walter Zenga during his time at Molineux and was also caretaker manager for two games in 2016.

He left Wolves to become Telford manager in 2017 before returning to Wolves as Under-23s boss in 2018.

Edwards is now in line to replace Hodgson in the Vicarage Road dugout.

The 74-year-old confirmed earlier this month he would be leaving at the end of the season.

He signed a short-term contract to replace Claudio Ranieri in January.

The Hornets are preparing for life in the second tier after their relegation was confirmed at the weekend.

In other news, Watford in race with Leeds United to sign Germany-based defender.