Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has championed David Moyes as a successor to Marco Silva if the team’s results take a turn for the worse, Football Insider has learned.
The 74-year-old longstanding chairman was devastated when Moyes quit as manager in 2013 to join Manchester United.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that Kenwright retains great admiration for the Scot and believes he can bring back the good times if he returns to Goodison Park.
Silva’s position has been discreetly discussed at board level following a poor start to the campaign that’s left the club in 14th place in the Premier League table.
The Portugese bought himself some time by overseeing a draw against Tottenham and a 2-1 win at Southampton before the international break.
There is no sense that the axe is imminent but Silva will come under great pressure again to keep his job if there is another downturn in results.
Football Insider revealed last month that Moyes is one of the contenders to replace Silva if he is sacked as manager.
The 56-year-old has one major supporter in the boardroom in Kenwright, who was chairman through most of his reign as manager.
The final decision on Silva and the identity of his successor would rest with majority shareholder Moshiri, but lifelong Toffee Kenwright still retains great influence at the club.
Moyes had an immensely successful spell at Everton from 2002 to 2013 in which the team consistently punched above their weight.
He was sacked by Manchester United and Real Sociedad, resigned at Sunderland after overseeing Premier League relegation and his six-month West Ham contract was not renewed.
In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that Moshiri has made a U-turn over January transfer.