By Richard Parks
Everton are at the heart of a settlement dispute between Marcos Silva and Watford after their four offers for the Portugese manager were rejected at the end of last year, according to a report.
The Times claim that the Portugese manager, 40, is convinced that he is entitled to a £750,000 pay-off, equivalent to six months’ salary, plus additional compensation after being sacked by the Hornets two and a half weeks ago.
It is said that an agreement has yet to be reached with the Watford hierarchy and that Silva is now weighing up taking legal action against the club.
The Times report that Watford’s stance is that Silva breached the £1.5million-a-year, two-year contract he signed last summer by talking to Everton without their permission as they searched for a new manager following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman in October.
The Merseysiders made four offers of compensation to Watford for their former manager’s services, with the final one reaching £15million, but all were turned down.
Silva’s reign eventually came to an end after 24 Premier League games in charge when he was sacked on 21 January and replaced soon afterwards by Javi Garcia.
In a statement announcing his departure, Watford accused Silva of lacking focus after the strong interest from Everton last autumn, which coincided with a steep decline in results.
The Times claim that Watford were unhappy that the former Hull City manager pushed for a move to Goodison Park after only nine league matches at the helm.
It is reported that the Vicarage Road hierarchy believe the manager “unsettled the players, leading to the decline in results”.
Watford are currently 11th in the Premier League with 30 points, one point behind 10th-placed Everton, who appointed Sam Allardyce on 30 November after a lengthy managerial pursuit.