Watford Sack Manager Rob Edwards With Slaven Bilic Announced As His Replacement

Slaven Bilic has taken the reins at Vicarage Road and will be Watford's fourth manager in 2022
13:24, 26 Sep 2022

Rob Edwards has been relieved of his duties as Watford boss just 10 games into the Championship season.

The Hornets have confirmed that they have parted ways with the young manager and his assistant Richie Kyle. 


The 39-year-old was appointed by Watford in May after leading Forest Green Rovers to the League Two title in 2021-22. He joined on a two-year deal as the club looked to build a long-term project and bring stability to Vicarage Road, ending the constant change of leadership in the dugout. Having boasted an exciting style of football in League Two, his appointment was viewed as a coup for the Hornets, but given the club’s record at changing managers, there were many who were sceptical.

Edwards oversaw just 11 games with the Hornets, winning three of their first 10 Championship outings, while only losing twice. Watford currently lie 10th in the table just a point outside the play-offs. The team have both scored and conceded 11 goals in their first 10 league matches.

He has been replaced by former West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic, who is believed to have flown to the UK from his home in Split, Croatia. 

He will become the club’s fourth manager in 2022, with Claudio Ranieri and Roy Hodgson preceding Edwards this year.

Bilic will also be Watford’s 17th managerial appointment in the last 10 years, further highlighting the problems that continue to grow at the club behind the scenes. The Croatian has been out of work since January after he was sacked by Chinese Super League side Beijing Guon, with whom he had spent just over a year with.

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