Watford FC have announced that the ex-England manager Roy Hodgson has come out of retirement to be the team’s new head coach.
This comes just a day after it was announced that his predecessor Claudio Ranieri had been sacked from his position.
The Hornets are currently sitting at 19th in the Premier League, two points adrift from the safety zone.
Though it has not yet been announced by the club how long Hodgson’s contract is, he already has the mammoth task of keeping Watford afloat in a testy relegation battle, something he’s succeeded in doing so at previous jobs at Fulham and West Brom.
Joining him will be his longstanding assistant coach Ray Lewington, who himself had a stint as Watford’s first-team manager from 2002 to 2005.
As well as his England managerial position which saw him take the side to one World Cup and two European Championships, Hodgson has previously been at the helm at Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, the aforementioned West Brom and Fulham and most recently at Crystal Palace, as well as numerous international sides including Inter Milan.
He had retired at the end of his previous job, but the 74-year-old has jumped at the chance of another footballing challenge.
Hodgson and Lewington’s first hurdle comes this weekend, as Watford take on relegation rivals Burnley this Saturday at Turf Moor.