‘It’s the sort of factor that provides soccer a nasty title’ – Forest Green hit out at Watford over supervisor transfer
Rob Edwards will take over as Watford head coach on the finish of the season following his departure from Forest Green.
overs earlier confirmed Edwards had left his function as their head coach, with proprietor Dale Vince hitting out on the manner negotiations with Watford had taken place “behind the backs” of the Sky Bet League Two champions.
“Watford Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Rob Edwards as its new head coach, effective after the conclusion of the current 2021/22 season,” a press release from Watford learn.
“Rob had a contractual provision allowing him to leave Forest Green Rovers at any time to discuss employment opportunities at other clubs and the Hornets are delighted to confirm our discussions concluded today.”
Edwards had helped information Rovers to the League Two title, ending forward of Exeter on purpose distinction.
However, on Wednesday afternoon the membership confirmed the 39-year-old had departed following hypothesis over a proposed change to the Hornets, with Roy Hodgson set to face down on the finish of the marketing campaign.
Vince was left lower than impressed by the flip of occasions, revealing he had referred to as Edwards on Tuesday night as hypothesis mounted.
“As soon as he started speaking, I knew that it was real,” Vince informed Sky Sports News.
“(He informed me) that he had been in negotiations (with Watford) and felt it was an important alternative for him.
“Overwhelmingly for me the sensation was disappointment, as a result of in soccer folks come and go the entire time. The necessary factor is the way of it.
“I want him nicely, however it’s poor from Watford, who declare to be beginning a brand new period, and it’s poor from Rob as nicely.
“He has let us down, but he knows it, so there it is, and we will move on.”
In a membership assertion, Rovers had expressed disappointment over the way of Edwards’ departure, including there had been no preliminary contact from Watford by means of official channels.
Edwards will now be tasked with guiding Watford again to the Premier League, after the Hertfordshire membership suffered relegation following only one season again within the prime flight throughout which that they had three managers.
Vince stated: “Watford suggested Rob to not inform us, particularly, so for me that doubles down on the deceit.
“It is the sort of factor which supplies soccer a nasty title and the sort of factor which shouldn’t occur, however sometimes does.
“I believe Watford have reached out today, so now there will be some more formal, more proper process to end Rob’s time here and for it to start at Watford.”
Rovers will now start their very own search to interchange Edwards, who took over on the membership in the course of the summer time of 2021.
“We have got a shortlist already and will just crack on with it,” Vince stated.
“We will discover one other up-and-coming younger coach who has received all of the attributes we regarded for in Rob and can go once more. We simply transfer on.
“It is tough to not let it take the shine off what has occurred, promotion and profitable the title, but it surely gained’t get in the way in which of what we do sooner or later as a result of we are going to stick with it working in the way in which we do – open and trustworthy with all people.
“I think everything will be fine – and if there is karma in football, we will meet Watford in the Championship in a few years’ time.”