Watford have appointed Slaven Bilic as head coach after sacking Rob Edwards after only 10 Championship games.
Edwards arrived at Vicarage Road at the end of last season, leaving Forest Green Rovers to replace Roy Hodgson after the Hornets were relegated from the Premier League.
Watford relieved Edwards and his assistant Richie Kyle of their duties on Monday and quickly confirmed Bilic had taken over as manager, signing an 18-month contract subject to work permit approval.
The former Croatia defender had been unemployed since leaving Beijing Guoan in January, but he will become the Championship club’s fifth manager in less than a year.
Bilic, who was promoted with West Brom in 2019-20, takes over a team that is currently 10th in the table, one point out of the play-offs.
“As with all board decisions, I believe this change is in the best interests of the club,” Watford owner Gino Pozzo said.
“We felt Rob had enough time to demonstrate his team’s identity; however, performances have not reflected our hopes and ambitions.”
“Now we must move forward, and we have secured the services of an experienced coach with recent Premier League promotion experience in Slaven Bilic.”
Claudio Ranieri and Roy Hodgson were both in charge of Watford after Xisco Munoz was fired in October.