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Forest Green furious as head coach Rob Edwards departs amid Watford negotiations | Football News

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Forest Green chairman Dale Vince has accused Watford of “double deceit” after manager Rob Edwards left the club and entered advanced talks for the vacancy at Vicarage Road.

Edwards helped guide Rovers to the 20212/22 Sky Bet League Two title, finishing ahead of Exeter on goal difference, but the club have confirmed he has quit ‘with negotiations behind our backs on a proposed switch to Watford, where Roy Hodgson is set to step down at the end of the Premier League campaign.

Chairman Vince was less than impressed with the developments, revealing he called Edwards on Tuesday night as speculation mounted.

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“As soon as he started talking I knew it was real,” Vince said exclusively. Sky Sports News. “(He told me) he had been in negotiations (with Watford) and he thought it was a great opportunity for him.

“For me the feeling was disappointment, because in football people come and go all the time. The important thing is how it happens.

“I wish him well, but it’s poor from Watford, who claim to start a new era, and it’s also poor from Rob. He let us down, but he knows it, so that’s it, and we’re going pass.”

Vince stressed that Rovers should have been approached by Watford initially, so negotiations could begin in the proper way.

“Watford advised Rob not to tell us specifically, so to me that doubles the deception,” Vince added. “It’s the kind of thing that gives football a bad name and the kind of thing that shouldn’t happen but does happen sometimes.

“I believe Watford have reached out today, so now there will be a more formal and appropriate process to end Rob’s time here and for him to start at Watford.”

Rovers chairman Dale Vince has been instrumental in the club's rise since taking office in 2010.
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Rovers chairman Dale Vince has been instrumental in the club’s rise since taking office in 2010.

Rovers will now begin their own search to replace Edwards, who took over at the club in the summer of 2021.

“We already have a shortlist and we’re going to continue with it,” Vince said. “We’ll find another promising young manager who has all the attributes we were looking for in Rob and we’ll get back there. We’re moving on.

“It’s hard not to get distracted from what happened, from promotion and winning the title, but that won’t stop what we do in the future because we will continue to operate as we are. do. – open and honest with everyone.”

Vince added: “I think everything will be fine – and if there’s any karma in football, we’ll meet Watford in the league in a few years.”

Sky Sports News has approached Watford for comment.

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