Watford tell Everton to buzz off after approach for Marco Silvaby Jack Kitson / 13 November 2017, 22:50Tweet
Everton have at long last stepped up their bid to appoint a successor to Ronald Koeman after identifying Watford manager Marco Silva as their new number one target.
The problem is they were swiftly told to buzz off by the Hornets.
Over the weekend Silva, 40, emerged as the new frontrunner for the Toffees post, and then tonight (Monday) the Merseyside outfit decided to try their luck by knocking on Watford's door.
They can't have been too surprised at Watford's instant rejection, with Silva one of the most highly-rated young gaffers in the game today. The impeccably dressed Portuguese coach, previously of Hull, has enjoyed a bright start to life at the club, with whom he has led to 9th spot after 11 games.
Despite the rejection Silva remains the favourite at the top of the Next Everton Manager Market, ahead of David Unsworth and Sean Dyche, but you can bet your last penny that Everton will try their luck again.
Watford fans will understandably be nervous at the prospect of losing their popular gaffer. No Hornets boss has managed more than 50 games since the days of Gianfranco Zola, and to lose Silva after just 11 league games would be a huge blow for the club.
It's now been three weeks since Koeman became the third Premier League casualty of the season - West Ham have since sacked Slaven Bilic - and yet the struggling club remain managerless.
Caretaker boss Unsworth has overseen four games so far, losing three, and he's likely to remain at the helm for the weekend's clash at Crystal Palace, who were the first top-flight team to change managers, switching Frank de Boer for Roy Hodgson.