According to latest reports, former Watford manager, Marco Silva, is edging closer to the top job at Goodison Park. The report says that a lot of advancement has been made since the sacking of Sam Allardyce and one can expect Silva to be announced soon as the Everton boss.
Everton previously had made an approach for the Portuguese tactician in November when he was with the Hornets. However, that didn’t go down well and Watford released a statement saying that Premier League club had tried to make an ”unwarranted approach” for their manager. That seemed to have a bearing on Marco Silva’s performance and his team. On the back of such events and poor on-field performances, Marco Silva was sacked. Meanwhile, Everton went on to sign the experienced former England manager Sam Allardyce.
Watford made an official complaint regarding the illegal poaching of their manager and their claim could be made stronger if the Merseyside club appoints Marco Silva in the summer. However, there shouldn’t be any major issue as Silva doesn’t have any contractual obligation with Watford and Everton can appoint him as their manager. The hearing regarding the complaint can continue side by side.
When Sam Allardyce took over, the Toffees were down and out in the relegation zone. Slowly but steadily Big Sam took them to safety and ensured a top half finish for the club. His team finished in the 8th spot but that was not enough for Everton board as they sacked him just after six months. His initial contract was to stay with the club forl 18 months.
One can understand why the board wants someone like Silva as he is young and could be a long-term option for them. He is known to play an attractive and stylish brand of football which the Everton fans are longing to see.
In an ideal scenario, Everton would have liked to appoint the 40-year-old when they sacked Ronald Koeman in November. However, Watford didn’t let him leave. Since then Marco Silva hasn’t taken any managerial duties and he was probably biding his time to see which club might approach him.
Everton as a club are looking to break the decade-old shackles of just being a mid-table club as they are vying to become one of the English football heavyweights. The appointment of Silva will certainly go a long way in helping that as he has shown at Watford what he can bring to the table. With the financial backing of Farhad Moshiri, one can see the Merseyside club transform in few years time.