Watford have dismissed manager Marco Silva after a wretched run of one win in the last 11 league games.
The Premier League side made this known via a club statement on Sunday morning.
The club further added that the current dismal run was as a result of the unwarranted approach from an unnamed Premier League club believed to be Everton.
Portuguese tactician Marco Silva was appointed Watford manager in the summer and he made a great start to life at Vicarage Road as he led the Hornets to the top four.
Merseyside rivals Everton made an approach for the former Hull City and Sporting Lisbon manager in a bid to replace Ronald Koeman as their manager.
The controversy the approach caused seemed to be the catalyst for the team’s downfall under Marco Silva as the team lost 11 of the last 16 games in all competition.
His last game proved to be Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Leicester City and that has left the London club just five points clear of the relegation zone despite the fact that they are in 10th spot.
📝 | #watfordfc has parted company with Marco Silva.
The Club will seek to make a swift appointment and there will be no further comment until that appointment has been made.
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— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 21, 2018
The club statement said: “Watford Football Club has parted company with Marco Silva.
This has been a difficult decision and one not taken lightly. The Club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership.
The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the Board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised.
For the security and success of the football club, the Board believes it has to make a change.
The Club will seek to make a swift appointment and there will be no further comment until that appointment has been made.” the statement added.