Back at the end of May 2017, Premier League side Watford confirmed the appointment of Marco Silva as their new manager.
The 41-year-old was drafted into the role following the departure of Walter Mazzarri at the conclusion of the 2016/17 season, what with the 57-year-old’s Hornets side losing their last six games of the Premier League campaign to eventually end up in 17th place come the end of the season.
And it was former Hull City boss Silva who the Watford hierarchy turned to in a bid to climb the table in 2017/18, with his appointment met by much excitement and anticipation from plenty of Hornets fans on Twitter…
Pozzo’s doing the business AGAIN #InPozzosWeTrust
— Will A-N (@adamsnewtonwill) May 27, 2017
Very good appointment, shows great ambition
— James G (@JG97Coaching) May 27, 2017
Well done and thank you, Gino and Scott.
— Karen Barker (@Kiai_Kas) May 27, 2017
— Watford FC Polls (@WatfordFCPolls) May 27, 2017
All Hail Gino
— Alex King (@Alex_King_10) May 27, 2017
— Nigel (@manukajoke) May 27, 2017
Best signing we will make all summer!!
— Nick Phillips (@nickphillips_10) May 27, 2017
love it. Welcome Marco
— Mike (@Mike775024711) May 27, 2017
And while their optimism certainly played true in the first few months of Silva’s reign, things went south very quickly to suggest that Pozzo’s big decision back in May 2017 did indeed backfire.
Ultimately, Silva had raised his stock considerably after almost guiding Hull to Premier League safety in the 2016/17 season, taking over at the KCOM Stadium back in the January before going on to win eight of his 22 matches, only for the Tigers to eventually lose their top-flight status.
Nonetheless, the 41-year-old was a breath of fresh air and was always likely to be in-demand after resigning as Hull boss that summer, with Watford getting a deal done to bring him to Vicarage Road as they embarked upon a third successive top-flight campaign.
And Silva made an excellent start to life at the Hertfordshire-based club in winning four of his opening eight league matches to help the Hornets to fourth place in the Premier League table, and while three defeats then followed, successive wins over West Ham and Newcastle United had Watford easily in the top ten.
But things then went very wrong very quickly at Vicarage Road for Silva, with speculation linking him with the vacant role at Everton clearly hindering his team’s performances over the subsequent weeks, going on to lose four straight games in December, and picking up only one victory in 11 matches prior to his sacking on January 21, a day after their 2-0 loss to Leicester City.
And with Silva now the man at the helm at Everton, and tensions very much rife between the two teams, it’s fair to say there isn’t much love for Silva from Watford supporters, as demonstrated by the inflatable snakes they took with them to the Hornets’ clash with the Toffees earlier this season.
Ultimately, the stability seen at Vicarage Road under current boss Javi Gracia is a far cry away from the goings-on of this time last year, with there no doubt that Watford are better for it now given the start they have made this term under Gracia.
One can only wonder how far Silva might have taken the club were things to pan out differently, but his appointment was a decision that backfired on the Hertfordshire-based outfit.
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