Watford have reportedly sacked manager, Marco Silva, following their dreadful run of just one win in eleven Premier League fixtures, and have blamed Everton’s ‘unwarranted approach’ two months ago as the ‘catalyst’ behind the decision.
Silva’s dismissal comes at the back of Hornets’ 2-0 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium yesterday.
Following the defeat to the Foxes, the Portuguese had claimed that he didn’t fear losing his job, by stating: “My position? I don’t lose my focus from the situation. My job is to work hard, together with my players, to improve.
“The board knows my opinion about everything. It’s not the best moment but the Premier League is 38 games, not only the last 10.”
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However, the officials at Vicarage Road had other ideas after having seen enough downfall of the club over the past few months. They also pinpointed Everton’s ‘unwarranted approach’ two months ago to be the major reason behind the fiasco.
The 40-year-old tactician was approached by the Merseyside club after they had dropped the hammer on Ronald Koeman, but the Hornets rejected their massive offer to take Silva to Goodison, despite the Portuguese manager’s interest in going through with the move.
And since the dust settled following Sam Allardyce’s appointment as Everton manager, it has been a downhill journey for Watford, which has resulted in Silva’s dismissal.
A Watford statement said: “Watford football club has parted company with Marco Silva. This has been a difficult decision and one not taken lightly.
“The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership.
“The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised.
“For the security and success of the football club, the board believes it has to make a change. The club will seek to make a swift appointment and there will be no further comment until that appointment has been made.”
The Hornets currently sit 10th in the Premier League table, level on points with West Ham United, and just five points off the relegation zone.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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