In Focus: Everton will struggle to get Marco Silva because of lack of release clause

According to reports in The Independent, Everton have had an approach for Watford boss Marco Silva rejected as they look to step up their search for a new manager, although the 40-year-old would be keen to talk to them about the role.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Independent says that the Toffees turned their attention to Silva as they finally look to appoint Ronald Koeman’s successor, but the Hornets have rejected their approach as they don’t want to lose the Portuguese boss halfway through the season.

The Independent says that the former Hull City chief would be interested in having discussions with the Merseyside outfit though, and it remains to be seen if he could push to leave Watford in the coming days.

The report adds that the Hertfordshire-based outfit now believe the matter is closed because Silva doesn’t have a release clause, meaning Everton would need to offer a lucrative compensation package that Watford wouldn’t be able to reject in order to get their man.

Why do Everton want him?

Silva came close to saving Hull City from relegation last season having taken the reins when they were bottom of the table in January, while he has made an impressive start to the campaign with Watford.

The 40-year-old made some impressive additions during the summer – like Richarlison and Kiko Fermenia – while his side have registered impressive wins away against Bournemouth, Southampton and Swansea, and a victory against Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

The Portuguese boss seems to be tactically aware and can get the best out of his players, and that is always an attractive trait for any manager.

Would he be a good appointment?

He certainly would be.

Silva looks to have a very bright future in management ahead of him and he would get Everton playing some attacking football – Watford have scored 17 goals in 11 Premier League games this term compared to the Toffees’ 10.

However, a 6-0 defeat at home to Manchester City and three straight top flight defeats – including surrendering a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat against the Merseyside outfit before the international break – may be a slight cause for concern.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, unless Everton are ready to offer the big bucks it seems as though their chase for Silva won’t prove to be fruitful with Watford standing strong, and they will be forced to look elsewhere for Koeman’s successor.


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