Watford sack manager Ranieri, former England manager Hodgson set to take his place

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Updated 1157 – Hodgson set to replace Ranieri

Sky News report that Watford are close to appointing Roy Hodgson as their new head coach after sacking Claudio Ranieri on Monday.

The former England manager brings a wealth of experience, having managed no less than 21 clubs over a 45-year career. It is understood that a deal could be reached already this afternoon.

“The Hornets’ Board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity,” Watford said in a statement.

Ranieri was appointed after the sacking of Xisco Muñoz in October, but has failed to make an impact, picking up only seven points during his 13 league games in charge, leaving the Hornets to face a tough relegation battle in the months ahead.

via Reuters, Watford FC-Twitter.

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