Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva after winning just one of their last 11 Premier League matches and have blamed Everton for his departure.
ThePortuguese coach was targeted as a replacement for Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park but Watford refused to allow their promising young coach to leave despite a £15m compensation package. Silva had Watford within a few points of the top four at the start of the season and was thought to be keen on a move to Everton – who ultimately hired Sam Allardyce. Watford’s poor form continued at the weekend as they lost to Leicester City.
Hetellingly refused to commit his future to the club and Watford’s form quickly deteriorated, collecting just 11 points from a possible 45 after Koeman’s sacking in October. And the Hornets have been scathing about the effect of Everton’s unwanted approach on their season. A statement 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 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. Everton unsettled Silva before eventually appointing Sam Allardyce ‘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.’