Watford sack Marco Silva | Everton blamed for distracting manager

Watford confirm they have parted company with manager Marco Silva, after the Hornets suffered a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City.

Interestingly, the Hornets’ statement says they have no regrets over the appointment of Silva but instead blame Everton for approaching the 40-year-old as a replacement for Ronald Koeman.

“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,” said the statement.

“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.”

After sacking Koeman on October 23, the Toffees appointed David Unsworth to be caretaker manager until they found a permanent manager. Everton pursued Silva for weeks until Watford rejected their approach on November 13.

During this period, the Hornets had lost consecutive league games before back-to-back wins stopped the rot. However, Watford picked up just one more win in the 11 games that followed.

The London club are just four points above the relegation zone after 24 games, with only Stoke City conceding more goals (50) at this stage of the season. Between Koeman’s sacking and Silva’s departure, Watford managed just three wins from 15, lost the most games (10) and picked up a total of 11 points.

They’ll be hoping to arrest the slide in the coming days, as they travel to the Britannia Stadium to face fellow strugglers Stoke City on Wednesday, January 31.

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