Watford Sack Marco Silvaby Jack Kitson / 21 January 2018, 11:01Tweet
Marco Silva has become the eighth Premier League manager to suffer the sack this season after Watford sent him packing.
(WATFORD HAVE SINCE APPOINTED JAVI GRACIA AS THEIR NEW MANAGER)
Silva's departure comes less than 24 hours after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Leicester - the club's eighth loss in their last 11 league games, and 11th in 16 matches. However, while the club still remain in the top-10 of the division, they are now only five points above the relegation zone.
It's no coincidence that Watford's woeful run of form started the moment Silva was linked with Everton back in October. The Toffees made a couple of approaches for the Portuguese coach following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, but while Silva was reluctant to rule out a switch, in the end the Hornets kept hold of their man.
Less than three months later and he's joined Koeman in the Job Centre.
Watford have blamed the Everton link as the "catalyst" for the decision to sack Silva as they now begin the search for a ninth manager in the last four years.
The likes of Jose Lopez, Javi Gracia, Manuel Pellegrini, Roberto Mancini, Paulo Fonseca, Roger Schmidt, Andre Villas-Boas and Claudio Ranieri have emerged as early contenders in the Next Watford Manager Market.
In a statement Watford said:
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.