Rob Edwards has agreed a two-year deal to become the new head coach of Watford after leaving Forest Green Rovers.

After searching for an up-an-coming home-grown candidate to replace Roy Hodgson, the Hornets have reached an agreement with the ex-Wales international, who will take over ahead of next season's return to the Championship.

Following the 1-0 defeat on Saturday that confirmed Watford's relegation, the club were confident that a successor to Hodgson would be found before the end of the current campaign. The breakthrough finally came today, following advanced negotiations with the 39-year-old.

Forest Green Rovers have confirmed that Edwards is no longer their head coach and accused Watford of going "behind their backs" with their approach.

Chairman Dale Vince told Sky Sports: "We had no contact from Watford, from whom we might expect less, but in any event this kind of behaviour gives football a bad name."

An announcement is expected from Watford in due course.

Sources have confirmed that Edwards will not be in attendance at this evening's match against Everton.