Watford boss Roy Hodgson confirmed that he will leave the club in the summer as the Hornets are all but relegated from the Premier League. Hodgson was appointed as the manager in January in the hope of keeping the club in the league. They are 12 points behind Leeds and Burnley with four games to go. Hodgson received a CBE for his services in football.
“Obviously, it’s a short-term [deal]. Certainly, I made it clear [to the Watford board] it would need to be a short-term one between now and the end of the season. I took that job on and came out of retirement to do that particular job,” Watford boss Roy Hodgson said. “Now that job has unfortunately ended. I’ve enjoyed my time doing the job. I don’t think I shall be putting my name forward anymore for further sorties in the world of Premier League football. It’s a very demanding world and I think I’ve earnt the right to step back and enjoy some free time and spend some time with my wife and son.”
“I don’t think we’ll ever lose that [itchy feet]. I think you can speak to any other managers that have actually decided to step aside and announce their retirement, but they still do something within the game,” he added. “I’d like to think that I’m always going to be passionate enough about the game and involved enough in the game that some particular aspect of work might come way which I think I can happily do but as I say, it’s not something I’m punting for. It certainly won’t be in charge of a Premiership team. I think that’s my swansong on that one. It means an awful lot to me of course but also to my family. They are as equally as proud as I am to have received it.”
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