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Hodgson confirms he will leave Watford this summer


Roy Hodgson has confirmed he will not be staying on as Watford manager next season, with the Hornets all but relegated from the Premier League. 

The 74-year-old was appointed Watford boss in January and was tasked with keeping the club in England's top flight, but last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to relegation rivals Burnley has all but consigned them to the drop.

The Hornets lie 12 points behind the Clarets and Leeds United in 16th and 17th respectively, but have just four matches remaining and a worse goal difference than both those teams.

Speaking to Sky Sports News after receiving a CBE for services to football, Hodgson revealed he will not be extending his stay at Vicarage Road.

The veteran manager came out of retirement to take on the Watford job, after announcing last summer that his spell at Crystal Palace would be his last in football, but Hodgson has admitted he will no longer take on any more Premier League management roles.

Obviously, it's a short-term [deal], he said. "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.

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."

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