Super Eagles trio of William Troost-Ekong, Samuel Kalu, and Maduka Okoye get former West Ham United player Slaven Bilić as Watford’s new coach.
The Hornet have been struggling in the Sky Bet Championship sitting in tenth place in the log table with fourteen points, six less than Norwich City, who occupy the second automatic promotion place.
Watford is keen to return to Premier League after relegation last season but the Vicarage Road Stadium outfit are outside the promotion spot with ten matches in the second tier of English football.
The Hornet confirmed via their official website and social media handle on Monday that they have relieved Rob Edwards of his duties as head coach and appointed Slaven Bilić on an 18-month contract.
Watford FC confirms Slaven Bilić as its new Head Coach on an 18-month contract, subject to receiving the relevant work permit.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 26, 2022
Watford owner Gino Pozzo said of the move “As with all decisions taken by the Board, I believe this change to be in the best interests of the club.
“We felt Rob had enough time to show us the identity of his team, however, performances haven’t reflected our hopes and ambitions.
“Now we must move forward, and, in Slaven Bilić, we have secured the services of an experienced coach who has recent experience of promotion to the Premier League.”
Billic is a former Croatia international who has previously managed West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United during his coaching career so far.
Troost-Ekong made three appearances in all competitions with Edwards in the dugout, while Okoye feature only just once in the Carabao Cup.
Samuel Kalu and former Flying Eagles midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru have yet to make their season debuts due to various injury problems.
Another Nigerian Joseph Hungbo also plays for Watford’s first team and has been involved in four games for the Hornet.