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Rob Edwards had a free agent clause in his Forest Green contract as he joins Watford move

New Watford boss Rob Edwards had a clause in his Forest Green Rovers contract that successfully makes him a free agent after being confirmed as the subsequent man in the dugout at Vicarage Road.

Edwards has been unveiled as Roy Hodgson‘s alternative at Watford for subsequent season – however the highly-rated coach’s arrival has infuriated Forest Green.

In a strongly worded assertion, a Forest Green Rovers spokesman stated: ‘FGR confirms the departure of Head Coach Rob Edwards. Rob was a key a part of the crew that gained promotion to League One this season

Rob Edwards had a free agent clause in his Forest Green deal that allowed him to affix Watford

He had guided Rovers to League One promotion but his club were unhappy with 'deceit' around his talks with Watford

He had guided Rovers to League One promotion however his membership have been sad with ‘deceit’ round his talks with Watford

‘We’re disenchanted that our help, loyalty and honesty in the direction of Rob has been repaid in this manner – with negotiations going down behind our backs.

‘We had no contact from Watford, from whom we would anticipate much less, however in any occasion this sort of behaviour provides soccer a dangerous title.

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‘We thank Rob for all his work at FGR – forgive him for the way of his departure and want him nicely.’

However, it’s understood that Edwards has a clause in his contract at Forest Green that permits him to successfully grow to be a free agent supplied his provides the membership written discover.

Edwards has supplied the membership with discover of his meant departure, which clears him to affix the Hornets.

Watford - headed by owner Gino Pozzo - have been accused of 'deceit' in the way they have conducted talks with Edwards

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince fumed at Watford for 'negotiations behind our backs'

Rovers chairman Dale Vince (R) slammed Watford – headed by proprietor Gino Pozzo (L) – for the way in which they carried out talks with Edwards 

Edwards will have to lift a Watford side who have just been relegated to the Championship

Edwards must elevate a Watford facet who’ve simply been relegated to the Championship

Forest Green will obtain six months compensation.

It comes after stern phrases from Rovers chairman Dale Vince in the direction of Watford, saying the way in which they had carried out their enterprise ‘provides soccer a dangerous title’.  

‘It’s the correct method to do issues, is not it, for the membership to strategy us, in order that we’re in the image then they stick with it and have their negotiations. If they arrive to phrases, they arrive to phrases.

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‘To do it in secret and never solely that, Watford suggested Rob to not inform us particularly, in order that for me doubles down on the deceit.

‘It’s the sort of factor that offers soccer a dangerous title and the sort of factor that should not occur, however sometimes does. 

The League One club will receive six months compensation after Edwards provided notice of his departure

The League One membership will obtain six months compensation after Edwards supplied discover of his departure

‘We’re a little bit in the darkish nonetheless, however I consider Watford have now reached out, and so now there can be a extra formal course of to finish Rob’s time right here and for him to start out at Watford.’

He added: ‘Ex-Premier League membership, we’re small even for a League Two membership, not to mention us being a League One membership.

‘I’m disenchanted in Rob, I do not know Watford so I’m much less disenchanted in them, nevertheless it does not converse nicely of them.

‘Deceit is a part of a tradition that comes from the highest, that claims to me Watford have issues off the pitch as nicely as on the pitch.’

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Watford have been relegated to the Championship following a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace final week and have since made it a precedence to recruit a younger homegrown supervisor.

Edwards has managed Telford United, Wolves U23s and England U16 and is preparing for the biggest job of his coaching career

Edwards has managed Telford United, Wolves U23s and England U16 and is making ready for the most important job of his teaching profession

It is reported that discussions with Edwards have taken place after talks with QPR coach John Eustace beforehand, in accordance with The Athletic.

But talks are stated to have damaged down, due to this fact making Edwards the brand new favorite to take over the recent seat at Vicarage Road.  

Edwards loved a 14-year enjoying profession, primarily in the Football League, together with 100 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers between 2004 and 2008.

He took caretaker cost of the west Midlands membership in 2016, and has additionally managed Telford United, Wolves U23, England U16, earlier than becoming a member of Forest Green final summer season.

It can be a powerful job if Edwards is to take it with Hodgson being Watford’s third supervisor this season, following Xisco Munoz and Claudio Ranieri.

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