Date: 24th November 2008 at 5:00pm
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Watford chairman Graham Simpson has stood by his commitment to providing opportunities for young, hungry English managers by appointing Chelsea reserve team boss Brendan Rodgers into the Vicarage Road hotseat.

Rodgers, who had his playing days at Reading cut short by injury, has been fast tracked through the ranks at Stamford Bridge after experiencing massive success with the youth team set-up.

The new man in the Hornets hotseat has already surrounded himself with experience with W`Ham legend Frank Lampard senior joining Watford as a footballing consultant.

Southend reserve team chief (and former Spurs full back) Dean Austin has also been appointed to the Hornets new look backroom staff.

Rodgers makes his first team managerial debut at home to Doncaster on Saturday and his appointment sparks an end to weeks of mindless speculation here at VitalWatford.