27/05/2017

“The Ambition This Club Has Is Really Important”

He was one of the Premier League’s most sought after Head Coaches, but Marco Silva claims the club’s ambition made Watford the stand-out option.

Asked what attracted him to sign a two-year deal with the Hornets, Silva told watfordfc.com: “Firstly I really like the approach of the board and the owner.

“They showed me the project and I like the ambition.

“The club want to improve for the next seasons and this is what I try to fight for in my career as well – to always improve, to do a good job and to ensure a good connection between the manager and the club.

“The ambition this club has is really important to me.”

He added: “I’m excited. It’s a good challenge and I’m really happy.”

With Watford set to embark on a third consecutive season in the Premier League, Silva is keen to oversee further progress at Vicarage Road and to deliver attractive football for the club’s supporters.

“It’s important to us that everybody knows what our goal is,” said the former Hull, Olympiacos and Sporting boss.

“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.

“We want to play good football so that our fans feel well when they come to see our team play.

“We’ll work hard every day to prepare for the matches and to do our best in every game.”

The hard work starts now for Silva, who is keen to ensure the Hornets prepare in the best way possible for the forthcoming 2017/18 campaign.

“First of all I’m excited to be here, to start to work and to prepare for the next season,” said the 39-year-old.

“We will work hard to start well in the Premier League. Everybody knows it’s a hard competition but we come with confidence to improve every day and this is most important for me.

“This confidence I will pass to our players and to our fans as well.”

First Team 27/05/2017

Silva Named Hornets' Head Coach

Watford Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Marco Silva as Head Coach.
 
The 39-year old, who has experience of managing in Portugal, Greece and most recently in England with Hull City, has signed a two-year deal at Vicarage Road.
 
A title-winner in Greece with Olympiacos, he’d previously led Sporting to a third-place finish in Portugal in 2014 and delivered their first trophy – the Portuguese Cup – since 2008.
 
Early managerial experiences were gained at Estoril, where he guided the club to promotion and a place in Portugal’s top-flight.
 
The Greek Super League triumph in 2016 came with six games to spare, with Silva having earlier in that campaign led his team to victory at Arsenal in a UEFA Champions League match.
 
Chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury said of the appointment: “Marco was one of the most sought after Head Coaches in the Premier League.

"His pedigree and promise speaks for itself with his achievements in top divisions elsewhere across Europe, as well as his work at Hull City last season."
 
“We are delighted to have secured his services and to be welcoming a Head Coach of his profile and potential,” he added.
 
“It’s an exciting time to be a Watford fan, and I’m sure all supporters will join me in offering Marco and his family the warmest of welcomes to Vicarage Road.”
 
More reaction to follow exclusively here at watfordfc.com.