Ever­ton re­jected in ap­proach for Silva

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Ja­son Burt and Chris Bas­combe

Ever­ton have been re­buffed by Wat­ford in an at­tempt to speak to their prime man­age­rial tar­get Marco Silva and there are se­ri­ous doubts as to whether they can se­cure Sam Al­lardyce, who has emerged as their al­ter­na­tive choice.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Mersey­side club’s ma­jor­ity share­holder, Farhad Moshiri, con­tacted Wat­ford yes­ter­day morn­ing but were told Silva would not be al­lowed to

leave this sea­son. Silva has no re­lease clause in his two-year con­tract at Wat­ford. Given the tur­moil it would cause, there is lit­tle to in­di­cate at this stage that the club would wa­ver. It is un­der­stood Silva would like the op­por­tu­nity to speak to Ever­ton but will also abide by Wat­ford’s de­ci­sion if they stand firm.

Wat­ford do not wish to en­ter­tain any fur­ther ap­proach as they are adamant they can­not lose a cov­eted man­ager less than halfway through a cam­paign. Ever­ton have also con­sid­ered an of­fer to Al­lardyce, who left Crys­tal Palace last May, but it is un­likely he will ac­cept a short-term deal while there are also doubts over the way the Mersey­side club are or­gan­ised.

That leaves Ever­ton in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion ahead of Sat­ur­day’s league fix­ture away to Palace. With Silva, the sit­u­a­tion echoes what Ron­ald Koe­man faced when

he left Southamp­ton for Ever­ton, when the Saints ini­tially in­sisted he would not de­part. The key dif­fer­ence in that case was that the ap­proach came at the end of a sea­son and the Dutch­man – whose con­tract was run­ning out – forced his club to ne­go­ti­ate.

Silva may find it more dif­fi­cult to take such a po­si­tion, given he only ar­rived in the sum­mer. Ever­ton must de­ter­mine if their need for a man­ager would make any com­pen­sa­tion worth pay­ing, and how far they are pre­pared to go.

Burn­ley’s Sean Dy­che was also a can­di­date, while care­taker coach David Unsworth is still the man in pos­ses­sion ahead of this week­end’s trip to Palace – a cru­cial fix­ture at the foot of the ta­ble.

All the other can­di­dates are now, of course, aware Silva is the pre­ferred choice. Koe­man was sacked on Oct 23 af­ter which Ever­ton opted to give Unsworth four fix­tures prior to re­view­ing the sit­u­a­tion dur­ing this in­ter­na­tional break.

It would seem a move for Silva was com­pli­cated by the fact Ever­ton’s last home game be­fore that break was against Wat­ford.

West Ham, who just ap­pointed David Moyes, were also thought to have ex­pressed in­ter­est in Silva, but were given sim­i­larly short shrift be­fore mov­ing on.

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