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Silva excited not intimidated by chance to work under Watford's demanding owners

New Watford head coach Marco Silva insists the ambition of the club's owners excites him.

The Pozzo family have a record of firing managers with regularity, with the former Hull boss the ninth incumbent since their takeover at Vicarage Road five years ago.

Previous coaches Quique Sanchez Flores and Walter Mazzarri were given just one season each as just keeping the club in the top flight could not save them from the sack.

It is an approach which does not intimidate Silva, who left Hull after failing to keep them up despite impressing in the five months he was in charge.

"Firstly I really like the approach of the board and the owner," he told watfordfc.com.

"They showed me the project and I like the ambition. I'm excited. It's a good challenge and I'm really happy.

"The club want to improve for the next seasons and this is what I try to fight for in my career as well - to always improve, to do a good job and to ensure a good connection between the manager and the club.

"The ambition this club has is really important to me."

Sanchez Flores guided Watford to 13th and an FA Cup semi-final, but they regressed under Mazzarri, finishing 17th after losing their last six matches of the season.

Silva knows he has to improve on that.

"It's important to us that everybody knows what our goal is," added the Portuguese, who has signed a two-year contract.

"The club is moving forward as a Premier League club, but we always want to improve our position in the table and that's important for next season.

"We want to play good football, so that our fans feel well when they come to see our team play.

"We'll work hard every day to prepare for the matches and to do our best in every game."

Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury believes the club have stolen a march on their rivals in securing the services of the former Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon boss.

"Marco was one of the most sought-after head coaches in the Premier League," he said.

"His pedigree and promise speaks for itself, with his achievements in top divisions elsewhere across Europe as well as his work at Hull last season.

"We are delighted to have secured his services and to be welcoming a head coach of his profile and potential.

"It's an exciting time to be a Watford fan and I'm sure all supporters will join me in offering Marco and his family the warmest of welcomes to Vicarage Road."

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