Silva confirmation not expected until next week

Thursday, 24 May, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last

Marco Silva is unlikely to be confirmed as Everton's new manager until next week now with the Liverpool Echo reporting that there is still no resolution to the Blues' legal wrangle with Watford.

Silva remains the overwhelming favourite to be named as Ronald Koeman's long-term successor following the dismissal last week of Sam Allardyce who effectively served an extended caretaker role between November and the end of the 2017-18 season.

The 40-year-old Portuguese was installed as Farhad Moshiri's chosen replacement for the ousted Dutch boss last Autumn but Everton were rebuffed by Watford in their attempts to lure Silva away from Vicarage Road.

Silva was eventually sacked himself in January with the Hornets blaming the Toffees' approach for unsettling him and causing him to lose focus. He won just one of his last 11 games in charge of the Hertfordshire club and has been out of work since.

That was not the end of the saga, however. Watford lodged an official complaint with the Premier League, alleging that Everton "tapped" Silva up when they first sounded him out last October.

They have threatened to take the matter to a tribunal if compensation can't be agreed between the two clubs. Everton have reportedly withdrawn a £1m offer to settle the dispute; Silva, meanwhile, is seeking £750,000 in unpaid wages from Watford in a separate suit.

Silva was due to speak with Everton's new Director of Football, Marcel Brands this week, to discuss his potential hiring at Goodison Park. Brands, who doesn't officially start his new role until 1st June, is said to have run the rule over other candidates but it seems, from the Echo's reporting, that the former Estoril, Olympiakos, Sporting and Hull boss remains in pole position.

Though it has been reported that there are no contractual impediments to Everton appointing Silva, it appears as though the club would prefer to clear the decks of outstanding legal questions before making it official.  

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