Everton rejected in approach for Silva
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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