Hornets boss Marco Silva buzzes into the betting for the Everton jobby Jack Kitson / 23 October 2017, 23:16Tweet
Watford manager Marco Silva has buzzed into the betting to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton following the Dutchman's departure.
Koeman was axed by the Toffees on Monday afternoon following a woeful start to the season, with Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal leaving the club 18th in the table with just two wins from their opening nine games.
The usual names were thrown into the Next Everton Manager Market, including the ubiquitous Sam Allardyce, former Toffee David Moyes, and Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Meanwhile, caretaker David Unsworth, former Chelsea gaffer Carlo Ancelotti, and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca have also been touted as possible replacements for Koeman at Goodison Park.
However, since entering the market at 16/1 this evening (Monday) Silva now finds himself as the 4/1 second favourite - behind Dyche - to make a shock switch from the high-flying Hornets to the struggling Toffees.
Back in January Silva arrived on English soil as a relatively unknown quantity after he was named as the surprise choice to replace Mike Phelan at Hull.
Months earlier Silva led Olympiakos to the Greek title - in the process setting a 21st century European record of 17 domestic wins on the spin - however, he wasn't such a familiar name in England...everyone remembers THAT reaction from Paul Merson and Phil Thompson!
Relive the memorable moment here:
Marco Silva has gone from an "unknown" to a manager who could be set to bag his 3rd Premier League job in a year...pic.twitter.com/i1w4s4EHY6— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) October 23, 2017
In the end Hull were relegated out of the Premier League, but Silva left the club with his reputation significantly enhanced after what was a valiant and commendable effort under difficult circumstances.
The vacancy at Watford had opened up following the exit of Walter Mazzarri and the Hornets snapped up Silva, who has since led the Hertfordshire outfit up to 6th spot after nine league games at the helm - Arsenal and Chelsea are only a point better off.
Over the weekend Silva nearly got the better of last season’s Premier League winning manager, Antonio Conte, with Watford coming from behind to lead Chelsea at the Bridge. However, the Blues mounted a late comeback to win 4-2 in what was an enthralling encounter.
Watford fans will now be nervously looking at Everton’s search for a new manager after Silva was catapulted into the frame. One man who does think that the 40-year-old should should switch Premier League dugouts is Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, who had this to say in his column for The Telegraph:
"My choice would be Silva, who in a short period at Hull and Watford has shown he has something about him."
After such an electric start at Watford, it’s difficult to imagine Silva making the move to Merseyside, however it’s by no means out of the question, meaning this is one to keep a close eye on over the next few days.