As of the 27th of May 2017, Marco Silva is a Golden Boy. A tweet from the official Watford twitter page (https://twitter.com/WatfordFC/status/868451731432062976) confirmed the speculation that Gino Pozzo had got his man, and it’s fair to say that we, as a Watford fan myself, were very happy. This was because the appointment represented the clubs bright ambition at a relatively dark time. The wounds were still fresh from Walter Mazzarri’s side slumping to 6 consecutive defeats at the end of the 2016/17 season, the cherry on top coming with a 5-0 thumping defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Amidst the poor results, there was also the future of Troy Deeney to worry about. The rift between the skipper and the gaffer had the fans fearing the worst, an exit for the talisman.
But the rain clouds passed and the sun shined on Vicarage Road once more.
Finding a Hull City fan in Hertfordshire is not common. However I caught up with a friend of mine, Rob, who happens to be a life long Tigers fan. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about Silva. The first thing of note which came up was that the consensus among the Hull fans was that they would have liked Silva to stay at the club.
“It’s not resentment as its totally understandable why he left. We weren’t expecting him to stay, just hoping. His profile was massively raised with us so even if he had kept us up he may still well have gone on to pastures greener“.
I then asked how excited should Hornets fans be. “It’s hard to say. It seems like people are ignoring the fact that we did still get relegated. Silva was brought in to keep us in the division and ultimately he didn’t. On the other hand he came into probably the second poorest side in the league, after Sunderland obviously, and gave us hope. For example, we went to Arsenal away and competed with them. We had more possession and had a decent amount of efforts and sure we lost 2-0, but we caused a big team a headache. This just wasn’t happening under Phelan, bar the first few weeks of the season“.
We then started talking about what Silva brought to The Tigers and why he was as popular as he was. “He was sold to us on his home record and the subsequent thinking that the KCOM could become a fortress which is seen as a tough place instead of winnable one“.
On what Silva brought to the club: “A clear Playstyle“, something which Mazzarri was often criticised for not having during his tenure in Hertfordshire. “We played with speed and intent and he brought in the right players in the winter window. Markovic and Grosicki on the wings in particular“, both of whom have been linked with the Hornets subsequently. “We didn’t play the same formation every week but had the same game plan for more or less every game, we had a footballing identity“.
The final topic which we discussed was whether or not Silva would be a good fit for Watford. “It’s really important that he has a say in transfers, which from what I know of Watford and the Pozzo’s is not usually the case. If he can’t bring in his guys then I really don’t see it working out. Also there’s the whole second season syndrome idea, it’ll be interesting to see if he can still do it now that he has a Premier League profile“. Rob did however go on to say “He should be an exciting appointment for Watford fans, he’s clearly got a system and he’s able to form good relationships with players, I think the importance of this is underestimated in the Premier League“.
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