Despite admitting he couldn’t resist the “siren call from the mermaid,” Roy Hodgson is up for the challenge of Watford’s relegation war. Former England manager Hodgson resigned from his last post at Crystal Palace eight months ago, sparking rumours that he will step down. Following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri last month, the 74-year-old was named as Watford’s third manager this season. With 18 games left in the season, the Hornets sit in 19th place in the Premier League, two points behind safety. Despite Watford’s precarious situation, Hodgson stated their offer was too good to pass up as he seeks to pull off another escape act, having previously helped Palace, Fulham, and West Brom avoid relegation.
“I think it’s more than doable,” Hodgson said during his first Watford press conference on Wednesday. “I wouldn’t have accepted the assignment if I didn’t believe we can assist the club stay in the Premier League.”
“Time will tell whether this was a wise or dumb move. What drew me back? It was an intriguing proposition, in my opinion.
“I wasn’t anticipating any phone calls from Watford or anyone else. However, accepting the position was a breeze. “The mermaid’s seductive song was heard as the sailor passed by on his ship. They found the correct mermaid passing by the correct ship.”
Hodgson may have been excused for being hesitant about working with the Pozzo family, Watford’s notoriously demanding owners. During his time at Udinese, he had a falling out with the Pozzos, which led to his resignation in 2001.
Since taking over at Watford in 2012, the Pozzos have had 16 managers, but Hodgson has no reservations about working for them again. “Do you have any reservations? No way, no how. What occurred there was as much my fault as any other I could find to blame them for “he stated “In many aspects, our connection was not awful at all, I didn’t think, and I have spoken to Gino (Pozzo) and his father on numerous occasions since that period, which is over 20 years ago.”So that’s water under the bridge as far as I’m concerned; it had no bearing on my accepting this opportunity to work for them again.” Watford face fellow strugglers Burnley in Hodgson’s first match in charge on Saturday.