Watford has fired Rob Edwards after 11 matches in charge and has appointed Slaven Bilic as his replacement.

Bilic has been out of work since leaving Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan in January. Bilic previously managed in the Premier League with West Brom and West Ham. Bilic helped lead West Brom back from the Championship to the Premier League in 2020.

Watford’s owner, Gino Pozzo, said: “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 Bilic, we have secured the services of an experienced coach who has recent experience of promotion to the Premier League.”