Everton have looked at appointing David Moyes as their manager but the board are split on whether he is the right man to replace Marco Silva.

That is according to ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan, a radio pundit who’s heard on the grapevine about the Merseysiders’ managerial situation.

Everton director of football Marcel Brands offered some public support of Silva yesterday as he presented a united front ahead of a testing run of December fixtures.

Silva will stay in charge for tomorrow’s clash against Leicester City after last weekend’s home defeat to Norwich City left Everton 16th in the table despite vast investment on the playing squad again over the summer.

“I’m hearing whispers Everton have been looking at David Moyes, but the board aren’t sure,” Whelan told Football Insider. “So they’re holding fire for now and supporting Marco Silva.

“There’s no doubt he’s under great pressure to justify his position, he certainly can’t say he’s not been backed in the transfer market. Everton were one of the biggest spenders again in the summer.

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“It would be a risk to go back to Moyes. I’m not saying he couldn’t do a fantastic job but times have moved on, the game has evolved and it would be very difficult to achieve what he did the first time.

“You get a sense the key decision-makers at Everton want somebody a bit younger with different ideas.”

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Kenwright has championed Moyes to take over for a second spell, while the former manager also has the support of CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale.

However, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is less convinced by the Scot even though he worked wonders during his 11 years in charge before quitting for Man United.

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