Silva | “He Built The Club”
Marco Silva wants his team to mark the anniversary of Graham Taylor's passing with a fitting performance against Southampton at what is bound to be an emotional Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Silva was asked first about the team news at this afternoon's press conference but the Head Coach, completely unprompted, opted to kick off proceedings with his own tribute to the greatest manager in the club's history. He felt it was the only place to start.
“It's a really important day for the club, for us, for the fans and for his family as well,” said Silva. “What he achieved at this club was amazing. He built the club with Sir Elton John and it's important we start with him because this is really important for us as a club.”
Silva knows his football history and he has done his research on the transformative effect GT had on the Hornets in two separate heady spells. He appreciates the lofty position the club now finds itself is largely down to the foundations laid down by GT.
“Each club I'm working at I like to understand the story of the club, what happened in the past and to respect the story and respect important persons in the club's history,” he said. “I will work every day to improve the club.”
The Head Coach feels the players will not need reminding of the significance of the day and that the pursuit of three valuable Premier League points should provide enough of a carrot on Saturday.
“I can use everything I feel is the best to motivate our players,” said Silva. “Our best motivation is our job. People who work in football are doing what we love, what is our passion. It’s a fantastic job. It’s a big motivation. We must work hard to win the game.”
It's perhaps fitting that Saturday's opponents are Southampton, the team against whom GT masterminded one of the club's most famous results, the 7-1 League Cup win over the Saints at a disbelieving Vicarage Road in 1980. The Head Coach would take a fraction of that entertainment tomorrow.
“It's important for me and the players to do everything to win the game,” said Silva. “We hope on this important day that we can win the match. If fans can enjoy the football [then this is better]. I expect big support from our fans. It important to support our team for every minute. If they do that everybody in the team feels stronger.”
Watch the full pre-Southampton press conference at the top of this article - free to view.