Watford are keen on appointing the Forest Green Rovers manager Rob Edwards as their next head coach. Watford have identified Edwards, who recently guided Rovers to the League Two title in his first season as a Football League manager, as an ideal successor to Roy Hodgson, who will leave at the end of this campaign.
A young, homegrown coach would mark a significant change in the type of appointment Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, have typically made and Edwards, if appointed, would become the club’s ninth permanent manager in five years.
The 39-year-old former Wales defender coached Wolves’ Under-23s and England’s Under-16s before being given a chance by Forest Green.
On Wednesday morning Forest Green had yet to receive a formal approach from Watford, with the club’s hierarchy understood to be unhappy at how the scenario has played out. Edwards recently won the EFL League Two manager of the season award.
Watford’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed last Saturday. Forest Green will play in the third tier for the first time next season and were recently boosted by their director of football, Richard Hughes, committing his future amid interest from Portsmouth.
Watford host Everton on Wednesday hoping to avoid a 12th consecutive home defeat.