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Hornets eye Hull boss Silva to replace sacked Mazzarri


Walter Mazzarri was sacked yesterday as Watford manager. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty

Walter Mazzarri was sacked yesterday as Watford manager. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty

Walter Mazzarri was sacked yesterday as Watford manager. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty

Marco Silva figures prominently on Watford's list of candidates to succeed Walter Mazzarri, who has been sacked as the Premier League club's head coach.

Silva is not Watford's only candidate although he is a front-runner, while the club has indicated it will take its time before making a new appointment.

The Portuguese manager will inform Hull City this week, in a meeting with Ehab Allam, the vice-chairman and son of owner Assem Allam, that he does not want to carry on at the KCOM Stadium following relegation from the top flight on Sunday.

Silva's five-month contract at Hull expires at the end of the season, following the final league match at home to Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday and a one-year extension would only have been triggered had they avoided returning to the Championship.


He already has offers from England, Spain and his native Portugal - Silva is wanted by Porto - but, although he has enjoyed working in the Premier League, has not decided where his next club will be.

Watford have been impressed by the way the 39-year-old went about trying to save Hull but they also want to evaluate who else is available after announcing Mazzarri would be leaving following their final league match at home to Manchester City, also on Sunday.

It was revealed at the beginning of April that Mazzarri was fighting to save his job, with the expectation that he would be sacked. The 55-year-old former Inter Milan and Napoli coach met with the board yesterday after training when he was informed of the decision which follows a careful review of Watford's campaign. The club wanted to wait until it was safe from relegation before acting.

It is understood that Watford have no interest in either Claudio Ranieri or Roberto Mancini, who have both been linked with the post, while senior sources yesterday ruled out the former Russia and CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky who has been under consideration.

Since steering Watford to 40 points, Mazzarri has overseen a run of five successive defeats. However, the concerns over the Italian pre-date that run, with unhappiness over his tactics, team selection and - importantly - his failure to learn English.

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Mazzarri surrounded himself with Italian staff, meaning he did not have to speak English, and while he promised to undergo an 'immersion' course this summer to try and improve his grasp of the language, it had become a significant problem.

Watford, for example, do not feature prominently in the media when compared to other similar-placed clubs and that is partly because of the way the manager is portrayed.

Watford's players have grown increasingly disillusioned with Mazzarri's brusque management style and conservative approach which was summed up by the recent home defeat to Liverpool, who arrived at Vicarage Road under pressure.

Club captain Troy Deeney, who has been on the bench in recent weeks, wrote in his programme's notes before last month's win over Swansea City that the treatment he was experiencing "was not something I was expecting or was happy with".

Watford, who are hugely ambitious under owner Gino Pozzo, the de facto director of football, believe they have a far stronger squad than has been shown this season, especially going forward. The failure to entertain has also grated with the club's fans. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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