“It’s a massive challenge, but it’s a challenge I believe I’m ready to take on and one that I’m very excited about,” said Hodgson. “I’m certainly looking forward to it, and if the players are as good as I think they can be, then I’m hopeful of helping the club to another season in the Premier League.
“I’m confident in the sense that I’ve been in situations that aren’t so different to this before, at Fulham, West Brom and Palace. The period of time I had to change things might have been a bit longer on each occasion - and at West Brom the league position wasn’t as bleak - but in terms of coming in, getting my ideas across, and getting the team playing, it feels somewhat similar.
“It’s going to be a difficult job for Ray and I, as I’m sure it would be for anybody, but I feel we’ve got the ability to be successful. I can certainly assure all the Watford fans that our desire to keep the club in the league will be every bit as great as theirs, and we’ll do everything we can to make that happen.
“Every manager brings a new way of working and new ideas, and when you’ve only got a short period of time it can be tricky to really stamp that philosophy onto a group of players. It’s going to be a really intense four months for us, and if we are going to achieve our goal the players are the ones who are going to do it for us.