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Players focused on their jobs - Gracia

8th February 2019, 08:37 by Nick Harris

Watford boss Javi Gracia insists Marco Silva's return to Vicarage Road this weekend will not be a distraction for his Hornets side.

Silva's Everton are at Watford on Saturday as the Portuguese faces his former employers away for the first time since they sacked him last season.

Gracia said on Thursday at a pre-match press conference reported on Watford's official website: "It is nothing different than other games.

"We are concentrated on the game, I am concentrated on the game and when we prepare the games, we are not thinking about the coaches.

"We are thinking about the shapes, the players, how we can defend, how we can attack. Not about the coaches."

He added: "I think they (his players) have the motivation in all the games, not in this (one) especially.

"Always we want to win three points and in the next game we will try to do it as best as possible, but as we usually do."

Watford axed Silva, who they appointed as boss the previous summer, in January last year, having won once in 11 games.

He was a target for Everton after their sacking of Ronald Koeman in October 2017 and when Watford dismissed Silva they said the "unwarranted approach" the Toffees had made for him was the "catalyst" for their decision.

Silva then replaced Koeman's successor Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park in May.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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