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Edwards to succeed Hodgson at Watford after controversial Forest Green exit

Watford have appointed Rob Edwards to succeed Roy Hodgson as their new head coach following his controversial exit from Forest Green.

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince accused Watford of "doubling down on deceit" after Edwards left the club earlier on Wednesday and entered advanced talks for the position at Vicarage Road.

Edwards helped guide Rovers to the 2021/22 League Two title, finishing ahead of Exeter on goal difference, but the club confirmed he had left his position "with negotiations taking place behind our backs" over a switch to Watford

Watford confirmed the appointment in a statement, saying Edwards "had a contractual provision allowing him to leave Forest Green Rovers at any time to discuss employment opportunities at other clubs

The 39-year-old took over at Forest Green 12 months ago following spells in charge of Telford, Wolves U23s and England U16s.

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