The Hull boss has a release clause in his contract allowing him to remain in the Premier League following their relegation.
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And the Hornets have wasted no time in targeting the Portuguese coach following their decision to axe Mazzarri yesterday.
Silva, due to hold talks with his Hull bosses today, could become Watford’s ninth manager in just five years. The 40-year-old fits the profile of the type of forward-thinking coach Watford want.
Leicester’s Premier League winning boss Claudio Ranieri and fellow Italian Roberto Mancini have been mentioned in the Vicarage Road corridors and are also being considered by trigger-happy owner Gino Pozzo. But Silva is the front-runner.
Despite failing to keep Hull in the top flight, Silva’s impact on and off the pitch has not gone unnoticed.
Mazzarri, less than 12 months into his three-year contract, had been expected to be given another crack at Watford next season.
It is believed his relationship with his players has deteriorated in recent months.
Troy Deeney, Watford’s influential skipper, was angered at being dropped three times since March.
Deeney and team-mate Stefano Okaka were also involved in an angry post-match bust-up after the Monday’s defeat at Chelsea – the 55-year-old’s final game in charge.
His failure to speak English along his unconventional and strict training ground methods have raised eyebrows.
And with results having fallen away following five straight defeats, Watford decided to pull the plug following showdown talks yesterday.
Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury said: “After the board discussed with Walter Mazzarri the club’s future goals and aspirations, it was decided he will be stepping down.
“We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year.”
Mazzarri’s final game in charge will be at home to Manchester City this Sunday.
News that he will not be in charge of Watford next term emerged after it was claimed that a host of key players would quit the club in the summer if the Italian did not leave.
Ranieri, meanwhile, would certainly be no stranger to the Pozzo family owners. He continues to held in high regard following his unexpected Premier League title success with Leicester and his departure is still regarded as unjust by many Foxes fans.
At 65, Ranieri offers both experience and stability, as well as charming the dressing room and keeping an eye on helping move the Hornets up the table.
Mancini had spells at both Galatasaray and Inter Milan after leaving Manchester City in 2013. He would offer instant knowledge of the English top flight, but whether or not he would relish the chance to be fighting for points to get up the league rather than stay ahead of the chasing pack remains open for debate.