The Lisbon-born Watford manager Marco Silva is flying high at the moment after coming to England to manage Hull City in the Premier League last January.
While he couldn’t save Hull from relegation, he had them playing some very good football, and he attracted the attention of other Premier League clubs.
Watford seem to change their manager every summer so he has ended up at the Hornets and he has them in 8th place on 18 points in the Premier League – 4 points and 3 places above Newcastle.
Not bad since Watford finished 4th bottom last season with 40 points – but 6 points above third-bottom Hull City.
Marco is still only 40 years old and seems to be a top up-and-coming manager; he may not stay at Watford for too long if he continues to have them in the top half of the league table.
Marco Silva– Watford talented young manager
Marco has held his press conference for the game tomorrow, and he has some good words to say about Newcastle, our supporters, and also Spanish manager Rafa Benitez:
“Our team spirit is very, very good. Amazing.”
“It is important that we show good spirit at Newcastle. We play and perform well and we put on the pitch a fantastic performance. We are totally focused on our work, our week, and the match.”
“Nothing changes now. We know what is our way, what is our obligation. We cannot control speculation (Silva may still leave for Everton).” “The only way we can prove something is on the pitch.”
“Two goals in every away match is very good numbers for us.” “This is our goal. We don’t go and play with 10 men behind the ball and wait for mistakes.”
“We play to try and score. We won’t change a lot.” “I like our team to keep good organization, good focus and I’m really upset when we concede a goal, especially from a set-piece.
“If they score a great goal then congratulations to them.”
“It will be a really difficult game at Newcastle, a tough game.”
“Newcastle are a good team with a very, very good coach. They have a fantastic support behind them and it will be a very good challenge for us.”
“Until now we have given good answers in our away games. We play well and compete. We will play the same way and we need to prove in the match we want to win more than our opponent.”
Six in ten Newcastle supporters think we can win this game.
We really need to win this game.