Marco Silva sacked by Watford following 'significant deterioration'

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Marco Silva has been sacked by Watford after a "significant deterioration" in the wake of Everton's attempts to lure him away from the club in November.

The Portuguese was among the Toffees' primary targets after they dismissed Ronald Koeman, with the 40-year-old having presided over an excellent start to the season following his move from Hull City in May.

But Watford rebuffed the Goodison Park club's approaches, as the Merseysiders refused to pay the reported £20million fee demanded in order to release Silva from his contract.

Silva was non-committal throughout the saga, with some perceiving that to mean he was unhappy with Watford's refusal to let him discuss terms with Everton.