By Danny Wright
Everton have reached an agreement with Watford to end their pursuit of Marco Silva, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims that Hornets CEO Scott Duxbury got in touch with the Toffees’ board last week to ask them to halt their advances for the 40-year-old.
It is understood that the Merseysiders have decided to respect this request and have therefore agreed to cease their efforts to land the Portuguese manager.
Everton have spent over four weeks searching for a successor to Ronald Koeman in the Goodison Park hotseat after the Dutchman was sacked due a poor start to the season.
SkyBet still have the ex-Hull boss priced as favourite to become the next permanent manager of the Toffees, but it seems that those odds will most likely drift after this development.
Silva has earned rave reviews since arriving in the Premier League.
The Portuguese manager almost rescued Hull from the abyss last season before overseeing their relegation and since moving to Watford in the summer he has led them to their best top-flight start since the Graham Taylor era.
Football Insider Verdict
Watford have taken a very strong stance on Silva and who can blame them? The Hornets have nowhere near the financial muscle or the stature of Everton and it’s refreshing to see a club refuse to bow down to one of the Premier League mainstays. Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright must come to an agreement with one another now in relation to where they want to focus their future efforts in landing a successor to Koeman. Both of the chiefs appear to want to go in different directions with their next appointment and that kind of disagreement could swiftly send the Merseyside club into chaos. Burnley’s Sean Dyche should be their next port of call.
In other Everton news, one of Moshiri’s top choices has had his people approach the Toffees.