Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva after Saturday's 2-0 Premier League defeat against Leicester City.

By 90Min
January 21, 2018

Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva after Saturday's 2-0 Premier League defeat against Leicester, the club have confirmed.

The Portuguese coach's dismissal comes after a run of poor form left the Hornets in tenth place, five points above the relegation zone.

The news has, however, come as a surprise to many given Silva's impressive beginning to life at Watford.

A statement from the club claimed that the team's decline in form came after an "unwarranted approach" for Silva from another Premier League club.

It read: "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. 

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"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 jeopardized. 

"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."

Silva joined Watford after a spell with Hull City, where he came close to achieving an unlikely escape from relegation.

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