'Easy work' - Marco Silva takes swipe at Everton senior man as war of words escalate
Marco Silva has taken a swipe at Everton’s new boss Sam Allardyce as the war of words between the two managers starts to escalate.
Allardyce, 63, hit out at the Watford manager last week saying that the Portuguese manager’s track record does not compare to what he has been able to achieve in his career because he oversaw Hull’s relegation last term.
However Silva, 40, has not waiting long to hit back at the newly appointed Toffees boss, claiming that Allardyce had not achieved anything near what he did when he was also 40-years-old.
When Allardyce was 40 he had just started his first job in a permanent role as manager with Blackpool, but Silva has already lifted the Greek league title with Olympiakos and the Portuguese Cup with Sporting CP.
Those stats have led to Silva to take a swipe at the former England boss.
“When he [Allardyce] made this comparison it does not make sense. It is the same thing if I compare his work with a national team coach like Gareth Southgate. It’s like me comparing the goals Richarlison scores in the Premier League to Peter Crouch. Crouch is 37, Richarlison is 20, Crouch has played so many games and Richarlison far less,” Silva said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
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“If you want easy work, go and see what he was doing when he was 40 years old or what he was doing in his first seven seasons as a coach. Then look at what I am doing. Or you can wait until I am 63 years old and we can compare what I have done. That is the best solution.”
Everton were widely reported to have made a series of approaches to make Silva their successor to Ronald Koeman last month before they eventually appointed Allardyce after being told to cease their advances by Watford.
New Goodison senior man Allardyce was said to have originally backed out of talks due to the club’s board insistence on landing Silva, and it seems that has sparked somewhat of a rivalry between the two managers.