Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva, with the club saying that an approach from Everton last year directly led to the decision to axe the Portuguese.
Everton targeted Silva as a replacement for Ronald Koeman after the Dutchman was given the boot at the end of October, but Watford strongly resisted having only appointed Silva in the summer after he left Hull City following their relegation.
Watford have won just four games in 16 since Koeman’s sacking and with the club 10th, but only five points clear of relegation, the board felt they had to take action.
” 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.”