Silva wants more than survival for Watford

Watford manager Marco Silva is determined to take the Hornets to the next level as he aims to build on their previous two seasons in the Premier League.

The Hertfordshire club spent eight seasons in the Championship following their relegation from the top flight in 2007 and have now survived two Premier League campaigns on the trot.

However, after a respectable 13th position in 2015/16, the 2016/17 season saw Watford avoid relegation by only six points, finishing 17th in the standings, and Silva has admitted he has more ambitious plans for the club.

"Our main goal is to continue to stay in the Premier League, but we want to do better than the last two seasons," he said, as quoted by the Watford Observer.

"That’s important as well to us, and the way I work is to think game-by-game, prepare week-by-week, and be strong on match days. We have one goal in our mind, and if you believe like I do then we can.

"The club weren’t happy with the situation and wanted to prove again Watford is a Premier League club – but [club owner] Gino [Pozzo] said to me he and the board want more.

"To do that you need more than just ambition, you need to improve the squad and all these things they said to me we will do, and at that moment I took the decision."