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Troy Deeney admits he ‘couldn’t say no’ to managing Watford 


Former Forest Green manager Troy Deeney would welcome the chance to become the next Watford manager.

Axed by Forest Green after just 29 days and six matches, Deeney is open to a return to the Hornets, who are on the verge of sacking Valerien Ismael following their defeat to Huddersfield.

The Hertfordshire outfit have won just once in their last nine Championship matches.

Speaking to Mail Sport’s podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off!’ Deeney said: “If Watford phoned me today and went ‘Troy, do you want to take over?’ You cannot say no.

“I wish them nothing but the best and if that opportunity comes around, hopefully we’ll be grown up enough to have a conversation.”

Sacking Ismael, who was appointed boss in May 2023, will mean Watford will be searching for an 11th manager since 2020.

During that time, Watford have had Ismael, Chris Wilder, Slaven Bilic, former Forest Green boss Rob Edwards, Roy Hodgson, Claudio Ranieri, Xisco Munoz, Vladimir Ivic, Hayden Mullins and Nigel Pearson.

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