In his autobiography, former Hornets captain Troy Deeney acknowledged his virtues,
admitting: “I don’t think Silva rated me too highly. I rated him, actually, but he didn’t rate me. He was a good coach and his staff knew their roles well, training was excellent and varied. I had nothing but good to say about his coaching.”
But, yes, it was a messy divorce. And the post-script, when Silva’s Everton lost 1-0 at The Vic in February 2019, was not exactly a convention of hearts and flowers, either.
From that brief glimpse of the Champions League places to the Rookery belting out an unfavourable comparison with his successor, ultimately Marco Silva and Watford was not a match made in heaven... although it was never dull.