London - Watford hired former Hull City boss Marco Silva as
their new manager on Saturday following Walter Mazzarri's departure from the
Premier League club.
Silva left Hull earlier this week following the Tigers'
relegation from the English top flight and Watford quickly made him their top
target to replace Mazzarri.
Although Silva couldn't stop Hull slipping into the
second-tier Championship, the Portuguese coach earned praise for his work
during five months in charge of a club dealing with boardroom turmoil for much
of the season.
The 39-year-old had been linked with the vacant jobs at
Porto and Crystal Palace, but Watford won the race for his signature.
"Marco was one of the most sought-after head coaches in
the Premier League," Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury told the club's
"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.
"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."