Despite being tenth in the Premier League, a poor run of results has made Watford see fit to part ways with manager Marco Silva.
After a fine start to the season in Silva’s debut year with Watford, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson was heavily criticised for highlighting the Portuguese in questioning why foreign managers were given hiring priority over English ones, particularly in the Premier League.
The Hornets only lost one of their first eight league games, but only one win in their last eleven, including eight defeats, was seemingly enough to condemn Marco Silva to the scrapheap after just eight months in charge.
It was the so-called ‘catalyst’ for the poor run that was cited as the reason for the sacking, however.
The club made an official statement on their website, stating:
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 ‘catalyst’ that comes to mind is the period in November when Silva was heavily linked with the managerial post at Everton, which eventually went to Sam Allardyce.
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 21, 2018