Silva prepared to ditch Hull for Watford

Watford are now looking for a replacement and have their sights set on Hull City's Marco Silva, Roberto Mancini and former Russian Federation boss Leonid Slutsky.

With Hull City's final Premier League game for the foreseeable future effectively a dead rubber, manager Marco Silva has encouraged his players to reward the fans with a good performance against Tottenham Hotspur.

The 39-year-old has won praise for his impact at the club since replacing Mike Phelan in January, although he was unsuccessful in his efforts to steer them away from relegation from the Premier League.

Silva has no wish to head a promotion bid and is set to confirm his departure next week.

Walter Mazzarri hasn't even closed finished boxing up his head coach's office at Vicarage Road, but the Italian has wasted no time in unleashing both barrels on Watford in a strongly worded attack on the club's philosophies. Asked if Hull can match his ambitions, ...

"The chairman has shown an interest in keeping our staff but we will talk again next week".

"I am also a bit disappointed because I was embraced very warmly here by the Watford family and it is normal that you feel a bit emotional".

"This is the truth and it is impossible to talk about the clubs, A, B, C or D. The most important thing is I'm here to work at Hull City, not to talk about other clubs".

He added: "The fact is we managed to get to this magic 40-point mark which was the main objective of the season when there were six games left". Until now nothing has happened.

The Watford board were growing serious concerns over the relationship with Mazzarri and his players.

"More than what I have done this season?"

City supporters continued to sing the manager's name after last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace condemned them to the second-tier next term - something Silva said would not have happened overseas. It's a hard week for us this week and this will be the moment to finish the season well. "It will not be an easy moment for me or the players but we will try to do our best".