Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Watford appoint Marco Silva as head coach


Hull, who have been beset by problems with a proposed sale by ailing owner Assem Allam to a Chinese bid falling through previous year and little or no money made available for buying players even before Silva arrived, for their part said they would "undertake a thorough and considered recruitment process to appoint a replacement".

He becomes the ninth man to take charge of Watford in the five years since the Pozzo family took over the club in 2012.

Having announced his decision to depart the club, Silva has wasted little time in deciding his next move as Watford have now unveiled the 39-year-old as their new manager following successful talks.

Chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury was quoted as saying by the club website on the appointment: "Marco was one of the most sought after Head Coaches in the Premier League".

After good spells at Estoril, Sporting CP and Olympiakos, he almost saved Hull City from relegation before they were overtaken by Swansea City at the end of last season.

Silva impressed during his short stint in charge of Hull and a number of clubs in England and overseas have been monitoring his position.

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The former Olympiakos chief replaces Walter Mazzari in the Vicarage Road dug out - after he was sacked earlier this month.

"Firstly I really like the approach of the board and the owner", he told watfordfc.com. "They showed me the project and I like the ambition".

Though heavily tipped for relegation at the start of the season, and after a poor start under Mike Phelan, Marco Silva did an excellent job of transforming Hull City's fortunes.

The Hornets finished 17th this season following a final-day drubbing by Manchester City, six points above relegated Hull.

"The club is moving forward as a Premier League club but we always want to improve our position in the table and that's important for next season", he said.

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