Sam Allardyce's future at Everton unclear with Marco Silva the favourite to replace him

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 March 2018, 15:45

Marco Silva has been installed as the favourite in the newly opened Next Everton Manager Market as speculation swirls as to whether Sam Allardyce will still be at Goodison Park next season.

Everton made two moves for Silva back in November following the departure of Ronald Koeman, only to be told where to go by Watford. The Portuguese coach was obviously unsettled by the approach as his Hornets side then embarked on a torrid run of form, which eventually cost him his job in January.

In a statement Watford blamed Everton's approach for the sacking:

“The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership.

“The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford has been jeopardised. For the security and success of the football club, the board believes it has to make a change.”

Silva suffered relegation with Hull last term, but his plaudable attempts to save the club from the dreaded drop saw Watford come in and offer him another Premier League job. Silva’s Hornets exploded out of the blocks this season, but faded alarmingly following the whole Everton saga.

Silva previously led Olympiakos to the Greek title, lifted the Portuguese Cup with Sporting, and enjoyed success with first club Estoril.

The 40-year-old, who has also been linked with struggling West Brom, would no doubt jump at the chance to manage Everton, should the club renew their interest in the summer.

The future of Allardyce is currently unclear. Big Sam signed an 18-month contract in November, but reports reveal that Everton could well make another managerial switch at the end of the season.

On his arrival on Merseyside Allardyce enjoyed a “new manager bounce” after going seven games unbeaten. However, he’s since only won two of his last 11 matches, losing their last four on the road, meaning his position is anything but secure.

The way Silva unravelled at Watford will concern Everton, with the Daily Star reporting that the club’s owner Farhad Moshiri has doubts over his former target.

If this is the case it may be worth checking out other contenders in the market, which include Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, Burnley boss Sean Dyche, and Shakhtar Donetsk gaffer Paulo Fonseca, whereas Diego Simeone is a 25/1 shot for the more optimistic of supporters.

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