FanView: Can Marco Silva Finally Bring Managerial Stability to Watford's Rotation Policy?

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'Managerial rotation' has almost become a by-phrase for the average Premier League club. Even the big guns are not immune from the trigger-happy chairman and the increasingly ruthless football club owner in this modern era. And Watford are no exception to the rule.

Not even into November, the English top flight has seen a trio of managerial casualties already; Frank de Boer's visions for 'total football' in Croydon fell on deaf ears. Less than a year after the caretaker took over at Leicester City, Craig Shakespeare was dismissed from his duties with the Foxes as the club - who only 17 months prior were celebrating the most remarkable and Hollywood-esque of all sporting fairy tales.


The most recent sacking of Ronald Koeman at Everton has been on the cards for some weeks now, but its actual arrival is still a stark and harsh reminder of the realities of English football.

Watford are no strangers to a changing of personnel in the club's hierarchy. However, unlike most cases of stewards deserving their P45s, the Hornets have unceremoniously elected for a one-season manager philosophy even before their promotion once more to the Premier League proving grounds two years ago.

The latest era at Vicarage Road - now well into its sixth year - under the Pozzo family has seen no less than nine appointments from the Hertfordshire hot-seat. What began with Sean Dyche's departure in July 2012, has now come full circle to the present day with Marco Silva.


After the Portuguese was poached by Watford following Hull City's drop down to the second tier,

Silva has guided his new employers to the lofty heights of the Premier League's top six, with only defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this past weekend, wiping out their unbeaten away record this term having taken 10 from a possible 12 points on the road.

Under the former Sporting CP and Olympiacos boss, Watford appear to be in rude health with a newly-honed pressing system but also higher work ethic, coupled with the sheer picture of greater club harmony than under previous tenants of the Hornets' dugout.

But, haven't we been here before? Can Silva break the trend that has been the Pozzo penchant to keep a healthy flow of new ideas coming into the club by way of new faces to guide the team?Few can argue - whilst lacking ethics - this approach has maintained the club's Premier League status.  

Whilst Gianfranco Zola and Giuseppe Sannino fell willingly onto their swords, after Slavisa Jokanovic was given his marching orders having guided Watford to promotion, the Serbian, former Yugoslavian midfielder felt the sharp end of the co-owned Udinese Calcio family's dealings.

Watford's last two incumbents Quique Sanchez Flores and Walter Mazzarri both sampled success but ultimately tailed away over the latter stages of their respective tenures. The former in particular could have been forgiven for feeling more than sense of injustice at his sacking, having led the Hornets to the FA Cup semi final in 2016.

Intriguingly however, both were dismissed in May at the end of each of the last two campaigns having been given the job the previous summer. With this in mind should Silva be concerned? After all, we are not even three months into the current season.

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With both Flores and Mazzarri there was a tendency for a drop in form during the second half of the season, but nevertheless both managers could have adequately held their posts for a summer of recruitment and full pre-seasons.

Watford pulled off a major coup in swooping for the 40 year-old Portuguese whilst he was a relative unknown in May, but having now become one of the hottest properties in youth managerial pool, the Pozzos and indeed the club may yet have to deal with the an altogether new prospect of not having to sack to their manager, but having him poached from under their noses in the coming months.

After a permanently revolving conveyor belt at the club, Marco Silva presents the best chance Watford have of stability for the club staff at highest level after years of turbulence. The irony now however being, that having found the man to lead them forward, his future may be out their hands if the big names in football come calling.