Watford have announced that Rob Edwards will be their new head coach after the conclusion of the current campaign.

After agreeing a two-year deal earlier today, the former Forest Green Rovers boss has officially been confirmed as the successor to Roy Hodgson.

A statement on the club website reads: "Watford Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Rob Edwards as its new Head Coach, effective after the conclusion of the current 2021/22 season.

"Rob had a contractual provision allowing him to leave Forest Green Rovers at any time to discuss employment opportunities at other clubs and the Hornets are delighted to confirm our discussions concluded today."


Earlier today, Rovers chairman Dale Vince said that he was "disappointed" as he felt negotiations were carried out "behind his back" but, as Watford pointed out in their statement, he had a clause in his contract that allowed him to move as a free agent, should he wish to.

Edwards will be tasked with bringing the club back into the top flight from the Championship at the first time of asking, after their relegation was confirmed last weekend.

He will not be at Vicarage Road for tonight's match against Everton, but could be in line for an appearance before the final home game of the season at the weekend, against Leicester City on Sunday