30/05/2017

Internationals | Six Hornets Called Up

The Hornets' 2016/17 season may be finished but a number of first-team players will be on international duty over the coming weeks.

Fresh from being named Watford's Player of the Season, Sebastian Prödl has been selected by Austria for their World Cup qualifier with Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Sunday June 11.

Valon Behrami will be part of the Switzerland squad that hosts Belarus in a friendly match on Thursday June 1, before travelling to the Faroe Islands for a World Cup qualifier on Friday June 9.

Northern Ireland have included Craig Cathcart in their squad for the World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on Saturday June 10, but the defender - who has been sidelined by injury since April - will not be risked for the preceding friendly against New Zealand on Friday June 2.

Nordin Amrabat has got the nod for Morocco, who host Holland in a friendly on Wednesday May 31 before travelling to Cameroon for a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday June 10.

Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon will travel to Poland for Romania's World Cup qualifier on Saturday June 10, which is followed by a friendly with Chile in Cluj on Tuesday June 13.

Steven Berghuis - who spent the past season on loan at Feyenoord - has been selected for Holland, who play friendlies against Morocco on Wednesday May 31 and Ivory Coast on Sunday June 4 before their World Cup qualifier with Luxembourg on Friday June 9 in Rotterdam.

Keep up-to-date with the progress of Watford's international players right here at watfordfc.com.

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.