Thursday 20 June 2019

Silva not concerned about Watford future

Marco Silva insists he has no concerns over his Watford future despite their stuttering form
Marco Silva insists he has no concerns over his Watford future despite their stuttering form

A defiant Marco Silva insists he has no concerns over his future at Watford despite recording just one point from a possible 15.

The Hornets head into Saturday's fixture against Brighton with four defeats from their last five outings, including a 4-1 hammering at home to Huddersfield last weekend.

After a promising start, Silva's side have slipped to 10th in the Premier League but the Portuguese, linked to the Everton post before Sam Allardyce's recent appointment, says he has not been hauled in front of the club's notoriously trigger-happy owners.

Silva, who joined from Hull in the summer, is the Pozzo family's ninth manager since their takeover at Watford five years ago.

"No, of course I do not worry," Silva said. "I know what my job is and it is the same if I win 10 matches, you are asking me the other way. It is not a problem for me.

"I haven't spoken to the owners. We have played 18 games and have 22 points. The last results were not what we wanted or needed, but the Premier League is not only the last three or five games."

Watford are missing a host of players through injury while captain Troy Deeney, sent off against Huddersfield, and midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure join Marvin Zeegelaar in missing the trip to the Amex Stadium through suspension.

The Hornets lost three successive matches heading into the last international break before bouncing back with consecutive victories and Silva is confident his side can do the same again.

"We have had three defeats in a row before, so this is not the first time that has happened with this team," he said. "We reacted with two good results and I expect us to do that on Saturday.

"At the moment, it is different because we have three players suspended and five or six players - some of them really important for us - injured as well, but we will compete against Brighton to take a good result. It is a chance for us to react."

Watford travel to the south coast before home games against Leicester and Swansea hopeful that they will be able to get their stuttering campaign back on track. But Silva says his side are not expecting a cruise to three points away at the Seagulls.

"We need to try and win and to beat every team," Silva said. "This is our philosophy. Just because this is Brighton and they have come up from the Championship, we do not have more obligation to beat them than the others.

"The obligation is always the same - to take points and to take good results for us - it doesn't matter who we play. For us, it is always the same - to work hard, to compete, and to try and take a good result."

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