Roy Hodgson replaces Claudio Ranieri as Watford manager

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Roy Hodgson has been officially confirmed as Watford's new manager on a deal until the end of the season, with the 74-year-old having replaced Claudio Ranieri in the hot seat at Vicarage Road.

The former England manager left his position as Crystal Palace boss last summer as he announced his retirement from football management, but six months later he is back in charge of a Premier League club.

Watford are the 17th different club that Hodgson will have managed during his 46-year managerial career, and it also sees him reunite with the Pozzo family, having been in charge of Udinese, another club they own, for a brief spell in 2001.

Hodgson will have long-time assistant Ray Lewington by his side at Watford as they look to help the 19th-placed team in the Premier League stay up, with the Hornets currently two points from safety.

When is Hodgson's first game as Watford manager?

Watford have a must-win match away at Burnley coming up on February 5, so Hodgson will be determined to get off to a winning start and heap more pressure on another of the Hornets' relegation rivals.

The need for a good result has been heightened after the disappointment of what proved to be Ranieri's final match in charge of Watford - a 3-0 defeat at home to Norwich City, which the Canaries them leapfrog the Hornets and get out of the bottom three.

Watford transfer news

Watford have made a series of additions in this January transfer window as they look to try and avoid the drop.

Four players have arrived at Vicarage Road in defensive midfielder Edo Kayembe, left-back Hassane Kamara, attacking midfielder Yaser Asprilla and centre-back Samir, and it's expected that there will be more movement at Watford before the end of the transfer window next Monday, January 31.

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