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Football | Watford sack Ranieri, appoint Hodgson

Watford have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri just three months after appointing the Italian at Vicarage Road.

Roy Hodgson, who left Crystal Palace in the summer, will take charge of the Hornets until the end of the season. The 74-year-old becomes the oldest manager in Premier League history.

A demoralising 3-0 defeat to Norwich on Friday saw Watford plummet to 19th in the Premier League table, and Ranieri has now paid the price for the club's dismal run of seven defeats in their last eight matches.

"The Hornets' board recognises Claudio as a man of great integrity and honour, who will always be respected here at Vicarage Road for his efforts in leading the team with dignity," a club statement read.

"However, the board feels that, with nearly half of the Premier League campaign remaining, a change in the head coach position now will give a new appointment sufficient time to work with a talented squad to achieve the immediate goal of retaining Premier League status.

"No further club comment will be made until this new appointment is confirmed in due course."

Hodgson has become the Pozzo family's 15th permanent manager since June 2012.

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