What next for Marco Silva?by Jack Kitson / 22 January 2018, 15:14Tweet
Back in the leafy days of Autumn Marco Silva was being widely touted as one of the hottest managerial prospects in the game today.
Afterall Silva’s Watford had enjoyed a superb start to the season, which thus attracted the interest of then managerless Everton - Silva refused to rule out a move - but the Toffees were twice smacked with a firm NO from the Hornets, who clung onto their in-demand boss.
How quickly things change in football.
Fast-forward to the dark days of late January and Silva now finds himself in the jam-packed Job Centre, alongside the likes of Slaven Bilic, Ronald Koeman, Mark Hughes, Frank de Boer, and Paul Clement - five of the other eight casualties of this season’s Premier League Sack Race.
In fact, Tony Pulis is the only axed boss (top-flight) to be back in a permanent position (with Middlesbrough), while Craig Shakespeare is now a first team coach under Sam Allardyce at Everton.
Silva’s next movements in management are unknown, but that hasn’t stopped us from assessing his future options...check them out below.
Wait for a Premier League opening
Silva will be wounded by the Watford sacking, but his reputation won’t have taken too much of a hit. His meticulous nature, innovative methods and diligence stand him out from the crowd, while time is very much on the 40-year-old's side - he's already managed five different clubs.
Being both determined and ambitious, Silva will no doubt be keen to shoot straight back into management, and he may not have to wait too long for a new Premier League vacancy to open up...
Southampton or Newcastle?
It would surprise few if Silva was propelled into the mix for the Southampton and/or Newcastle jobs, should either of Mauricio Pellegrino or Rafa Benitez depart their posts in the upcoming weeks.
Pellegrino, the odds-on favourite for the sack, is without a win in 11 league games at relegation-threatened Saints, while Benitez’s future at the Toon is up-in-the-air after the club’s takeover broke down.
What about Everton?
Meanwhile, Joey Barton has boldly suggested that Everton should ditch Sam Allardyce in order to bring in their original No.1 target, Silva. We can’t quite see this one happening at the present moment, but then again few things come as a huge shock these days in the managerial arena…
Back To Portugal?
Silva has previously held two spells in his homeland, Portugal, with Estoril and Sporting Lisbon. He led Estoril from the second-tier up to 4th in the Primera Liga and Europe, before winning the Portuguese cup with Sporting Lisbon. Next up was a spell in Greece where he stormed to the title with Olympiakos.
A return to Portugal could be on the cards if an appetising job arises, while a move to Spain, Italy, Germany or France can’t be ruled out.
It’s a long shot, well there aren’t even any odds yet, but there’s a vacancy on the international scene at Scotland, who have just been turned down by Michael O’Neill as their search for a successor for Gordon Strachan rambles on…
Marco McSilva... pic.twitter.com/0BsdEodOy0— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 22, 2018