Wat­ford’s Silva hits back at Al­lardyce over track record

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Wat­ford man­ager Marco Silva has hit back at Sam Al­lardyce af­ter the Ever­ton man­ager said the Por­tuguese’s track record was noth­ing com­pared with his own.

Bri­tish me­dia re­ported that Silva was Ever­ton’s first choice to re­place Ron­ald Koe­man be­fore they ap­pointed Al­lardyce on an 18-month con­tract last week.

”Let’s put it this way,“Al­lardyce, who has man­aged six other Pre­mier League clubs, told re­porters. ”If you look at my track record, why wouldn’t I be here ir­re­spec­tive of Marco Silva?

“I have ev­ery re­spect for Marco Silva and I am not crit­i­ciz­ing Marco Silva but his track record has got no com­par­i­son what­so­ever with mine. He got Hull City rel­e­gated (last sea­son).”

Silva be­gan his man­age­rial ca­reer with Por­tuguese side Es­to­ril and led them to pro­mo­tion to the top flight be­fore lift­ing the Por­tuguese Cup with Sport­ing Lis­bon in 2015.

The 40-year-old, who took charge of Hull last sea­son when they were bot­tom of the table, said it made lit­tle sense to com­pare his track record with the 63-year-old Al­lardyce.

“When he (Al­lardyce) made this com­par­i­son it does not make sense. It is the same thing if I com­pare his work with a na­tional team coach like Gareth South­gate,” Silva said.

“If you want easy work, go and see what he was do­ing when he was 40 years old or what he was do­ing in his first seven sea­sons as a coach. Or you can wait un­til I am 63 years old and we can com­pare what I have done. That is the best so­lu­tion.”

Silva guided Wat­ford to a 1-1 draw with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on Satur­day to keep them eighth in the table while Al­lardyce’s Ever­ton moved up to 10th with a 2-0 win over Hud­der­s­field Town.

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