Watford appoint former Hull boss Marco Silva as new manager

Watford have appointed former Hull City manager Marco Silva as their new head coach, just two days after the Portuguese gaffer stepped down from relegated Hull.

The 39-year-old replaces Walter Mazarri who left the club by “mutual consent” after just one season with the Hornets, following a run of six consecutive defeats that saw them finish the season just one place above the drop zone.

Marco Silva was also a target for Porto, Southampton and Crystal Palace
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In a statement on the club’s website, Silva said it was the club’s ambition that made him sign a two-year deal at Vicarage Road and will strive to help Watford climb the table next season.

“The ambition this club has is really important to me”, said the former Olympiacos boss.

“The club want to improve for the next season and this is what I try to fight for in my career as well: to always improve, to do a good job and to ensure a good connection between the manager and the club.

“It is important to us that everybody knows what our goal is. The club is moving forward as a Premier League club, but we always want to improve our position in the table and that is important for next season.

Silva joined Hull back in January replacing the sacked Mike Phelan and had a strong start to his managerial career in England with victory over Liverpool and snatching a point away at Man United.

However after losing his impressive home unbeaten run as a manager to relegated Sunderland, the defeat proved to be a killer blow in Hull’s survival chances and relegation was confirmed after a 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury was delighted to have secured the services of one of the most sought after manager’s in the Premier League and believes he will bring exciting times to Watford.

“We are delighted to be welcoming a Head Coach of his profile and potential,” said the Watford chairman.

“His pedigree and promise speaks for itself with his achievements in top divisions elsewhere across Europe, as well as his work at Hull City last season.”

“It is an exciting time to be a Watford fan, and I am sure all supporters will join me in offering Marco and his family the warmest of welcomes to Vicarage Road.”

Previous to taking over at Hull, Silva managed the likes of Portuguese sides Estoril and Sporting Lisbon, and also guided Greek club Olympiacos to the Greek Super League title in 2016.

My Opinion

Watford have beaten off competition to land the sought after manager Marco Silva, who is without a doubt a great appointment by the club. However, Silva has work to do to keep Watford out of a relegation scrap next season.

I thought Walter Mazzarri was doing a decent job at Watford, but I think he lost the locker room. Silva will do doubt bring the players back together and will also be hoping to keep hold of captain Troy Deeney.

Watford have a tendency to go crazy in the transfer market and I still don’t know who is actually in charge of transfers. I think there is a lot of players who Silva will want to move on, because they do have a very large squad.

Watford could do with a new striker as they never really replaced Odion Ighalo who left for China back in January, while they could also do with some improvement in defence.

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