Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva – and blamed Everton for their ‘significant deterioration’.
Silva was appointed Watford manager in the summer, after the Portuguese impressed despite Hull City’s relegation last season.
He oversaw an excellent start to the season for the Hornets, who were fourth after eight games.
But their form has dipped considerably since he was linked with the Everton job upon Ronald Koeman’s sacking on October 15.
Watford won four of their first eight games this season, but just three in the 16 games since Koeman was sacked. Only Swansea picked up fewer points in that time.
The Hornets refer to an ‘unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival’ in their official statement on Sunday, suggesting that Everton were at least partly to blame for the downturn in form.
‘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,’ the statement reads.
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