A few short weeks ago Watford manager Marco Silva was the flavour of the month in England. He was even a real candidate for the Everton job when Koeman got sacked. The young Portuguese boss lost just 1 of his first 9 games this season, but results have deteriorated recently. Watford have won just 3 of their last 15 in the Premier League, and they have lost 3 of their last 4.
A 2-0 reversal at Leicester on Saturday was the final straw for the board. News broke that they had wielded the axe early on Sunday. Watford have a record of appointing relatively unknown managers in recent years. It looks like that trend is going to continue.
Watford Point Finger At Everton
The Watford hierarchy released a statement earlier today outlining the reasons for Silva's sacking. It read: “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. 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 make a swift appointment and there will be no further comment until that appointment is made.”
Gracia Hot Favourite To Succeed Silva
The club hasn't wasted any time in its hunt for a successor to Silva. Spanish manager Javi Gracia will be named as manager on Monday. The fomer Villarreal, Bilbao and Sociedad midfielder is out of a job since leaving Rubin Kazan by mutual consent.
It is another left field appointment by The Hornets, and quite a risky one too. Gracia has no Premier League experience whatsoever, and he would be taking charge of a team that may be 10th, but is only 5 points clear of the drop zone. He will need to hit the ground running, and he has a difficult job on his hands.