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Watford appoint Roy Hodgson as new manager to succeed Claudio Ranieri

Watford have announced the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager.

The former England boss, 74, will be joined at Vicarage Road by assistant Ray Lewington, who led the Hornets from 2002-05.

Claudio Ranieri was sacked by the Premier League strugglers on Monday after just 16 weeks in charge following a nine-game winless streak.

Hodgson is the Hornets’ 15th permanent coach in the past 10 years.

The 74-year-old is Watford’s third boss this season after Xisco Munoz was sacked in October.

Former England boss Hodgson inherits a relegation-threatened side who sit 19th in the table, two points from safety ahead of the trip to Burnley on February 5.

Gino Pozzo made Roy Hodgson his 15th Watford managerial appointment (PA graphic)

Hodgson returns to management after leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season.

Ranieri was sent off following Friday night’s 3-0 home defeat to fellow relegation candidates Norwich.

The 70-year-old Italian left with a record 11 defeats in his 14 games in charge.

Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Watford on Monday
Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Watford on Monday (Mike Egerton/PA)

Hodgson previously worked for the Pozzo family, owners of Watford, during a short stint as Udinese boss in 2001.

The Hornets are the sixth Premier League club he has managed after spells with Blackburn, Fulham, West Brom, Liverpool and boyhood club Palace.

Hodgson also led England to the European Championships in 2012 and 2016 and the 2014 World Cup.