Could Marco Silva switch Watford for Everton?

by Jack Kitson / 13 November 2017, 10:19

It’s now been three weeks since Everton sacked Ronald Koeman, yet the club still appear some way off appointing the Dutchman’s successor at Goodison Park.

A myriad of managers have been linked with the Merseyside post, ranging from Sam Allardyce to Diego Simeone, and Sean Dyche to Carlo Ancelotti.

However, the club remain managerless ahead of the return of the Premier League this weekend.

Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, boldly targeted Simeone (25/1) as the club’s number one choice, but Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has issued a hands off warning:

“I want to say this in a loud voice: Simeone is untouchable at Atletico Madrid, for the players, for the directors and for the supporters.

At the time of writing it’s a Premier League boss, in Marco Silva, who currently tops the Next Everton Manager Market after his odds were cut over the weekend from 7/1 to the evens frontrunner...much to the concern of Watford supporters, who have seen their side enjoy a bright start to the season, despite a three-game losing streak before the international break.

Next in the running is caretaker David Unsworth (5/4), who has won one of his four games at the helm, while Burnley boss Dyche (7/1) and Big Sam (10/1) have both drifted, with the latter keen on the United States post.

Silva has only been in charge of the Hornets since the summer, but if the betting is to be believed the former Hull boss could be on the verge of swapping top-flight jobs, and taking charge of a third Premier League club in 2017.

A sudden Silva switch may seem out of the question to some, but it’s worth remembering that none of the last seven Watford gaffers have reached the 50 game mark (including Silva).

Meanwhile, a couple of outside options for the top-flight vacancy include Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and Bournemouth boss and Everton fan Eddie Howe, who can both be backed at 25/1.

With Everton unlikely to appoint a manager during the international break, Unsworth could well be given another opportunity to stake his claim for the job on Saturday when the 15th-placed Toffees do battle with rock-bottom Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


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