Roy Hodgson planning for retirement at end of season after ‘swansong’ spell at Watford

Roy Hodgson is planning to retire at the end of the season after a spell at Watford which he described as his “swansong”.The 74-year-old made the comments while collecting his Commander of the British Empire award (CBE), bestowed for services to football, from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday lunchtime.The former England manager has led 16 teams in eight countries over a 46-year managerial career, which began in Sweden in 1976.Forging his reputation at Malmo from 1985-89, Hodgson has held several prestigious managerial posts, including coaching at Inter Milan and Liverpool.Internationally, he led Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland, before managing England between 2012 and 2016.He subsequently took charge of hometown club Crystal Palace for four years before leaving Selhurst Park on good terms last summer.When Watford sacked Claudio Ranieri in January, they sounded a siren call to Hodgson, who took the job until the end of the season.Discussing his appointment at Vicarage Road, Hodgson told Sky Sports: “It was quite simply, a discussion between me and Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury, they said to me we have a job that we think needs doing, obviously it’s a short-term one, between now and the end of the season, and I took that job on and came out of retirement, if you’d like to call it that, to do that particular job.”On his future, he added: “Now that job, unfortunately, is ending, and I’ve enjoyed my time doing the job, I don’t think I should be putting my name forward any more for further sorties, if you like, into the world of Premier League football because it’s a very demanding world, and I think possibly now I’ve earned the right to step back and enjoy some free time and spend time with my wife and son.“I don’t think you’ll ever lose that (desire to manage). I think you can speak to any of the managers that have decided to step aside, and announce their retirements, but they still do something within the game. I like to think that I’m passionate enough and involved enough to still find some aspect of work might come my way which I think I could happily do.“It’s not something I’m punting for, and I certainly don’t think it’ll be in charge of a Premier League team. I think that’s my swansong on that one.”Hodgson has not managed to guide Watford to safety this season, with the club 19th in the league, 12 points off safety with four games to go. Their relegation will be confirmed this weekend if they drop points at Palace.(Photo: Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)

Roy Hodgson planning for retirement at end of season after ‘swansong’ spell at Watford
Roy Hodgson is planning to retire at the end of the season after a spell at Watford which he described as his “swansong”.The 74-year-old made the comments while collecting his Commander of the British Empire award (CBE), bestowed for services to football, from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday lunchtime.The former England manager has led 16 teams in eight countries over a 46-year managerial career, which began in Sweden in 1976.Forging his reputation at Malmo from 1985-89, Hodgson has held several prestigious managerial posts, including coaching at Inter Milan and Liverpool.Internationally, he led Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland, before managing England between 2012 and 2016.He subsequently took charge of hometown club Crystal Palace for four years before leaving Selhurst Park on good terms last summer.When Watford sacked Claudio Ranieri in January, they sounded a siren call to Hodgson, who took the job until the end of the season.Discussing his appointment at Vicarage Road, Hodgson told Sky Sports: “It was quite simply, a discussion between me and Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury, they said to me we have a job that we think needs doing, obviously it’s a short-term one, between now and the end of the season, and I took that job on and came out of retirement, if you’d like to call it that, to do that particular job.”On his future, he added: “Now that job, unfortunately, is ending, and I’ve enjoyed my time doing the job, I don’t think I should be putting my name forward any more for further sorties, if you like, into the world of Premier League football because it’s a very demanding world, and I think possibly now I’ve earned the right to step back and enjoy some free time and spend time with my wife and son.“I don’t think you’ll ever lose that (desire to manage). I think you can speak to any of the managers that have decided to step aside, and announce their retirements, but they still do something within the game. I like to think that I’m passionate enough and involved enough to still find some aspect of work might come my way which I think I could happily do.“It’s not something I’m punting for, and I certainly don’t think it’ll be in charge of a Premier League team. I think that’s my swansong on that one.”Hodgson has not managed to guide Watford to safety this season, with the club 19th in the league, 12 points off safety with four games to go. Their relegation will be confirmed this weekend if they drop points at Palace.(Photo: Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images)