“In fact, one of the first things he [Sir Elton] asked was how Ray was doing. Sir Elton takes a keen interest in his club, players and staff. Most importantly he is a football man, he loves football, and Watford in particular. We are very lucky to have him.”
The upcoming fixture against Brighton will be Hodgson’s 150th game in top-flight management since turning 65, with only Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson managing more matches past that milestone - an achievement that he is extremely proud to reach.
“Age is a number as everyone knows, it is really a question about how you feel and I definitely don’t involve myself in such statistical analysis,” Hodgson added.
“If ever I get mentioned in the same breath as Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson, then it is certainly a nice moment and a proud moment. I’m proud to be able to call both of them friends, it’s a nice feeling.”