Everton’s search for a manager is set to go on after their attempts to approach Watford boss Marco Silva were rebuffed by the Hornets, according to the Independent.
Since parting ways with Dutchman Ronald Koeman towards the end of last month, the Toffees – currently in the hands of David Unsworth on an interim basis – have been linked with a number of possible replacements, such as Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche and Diego Simeone.
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Hornets boss Silva has forged an impressive reputation for himself since arriving in England less than a year ago as a relative unknown.
Despite being unable to avoid relegation with Hull City last season, the former Olympiacos boss instilled character and fighting spirit into the Tigers squad, earning plaudits for the way he steadied what was a sinking ship prior to his arrival.
Silva’s four-month stint at the KCOM Stadium saw him earn a move to Watford, who identified the 40-year-old as the ideal replacement for departed boss Walter Mazzarri and he has made an impressive start to life at Vicarage Road.
However, he is reportedly interested in discussing taking over the Everton hotseat, although Watford are highly unlikely to allow the Portuguese to leave just 11 games into the Premier League season.
Despite having suffered a dip in form, losing their last three consecutive matches prior to the international break, the Hornets currently find themselves in ninth place, six positions and four points ahead of Everton, who have endured a nightmare start to the campaign.
Having spent over £140 million on new recruits during the close season, the Toffees were widely expected to threaten to break into the top four, however they have won just three league matches and crashed out of the Europa League at the group stage.
Barring a quick managerial appointment, Unsworth will oversee Everton’s encounter with bottom side Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.