Marco Silva could be about to make a return to the ranks of Premier League managers by taking over the vacant Everton job, according to Sky Sports, who claim he could take over as early as next week.
The Goodison Park club parted company with Sam Allardyce last week after finishing eighth in the table – although that followed a disappointing start to the season under Ronald Koeman.
When the Dutchman left, Silva was one of the men lined up to take over the reins at Everton, but he missed out and stayed with Watford.
However, the Hornets were unhappy with the approach and eventually sacked the Portuguese, calling the Toffees’ approach “unwarranted” and claiming it unsettled their then-manager and their players.
Javi Gracia took over and guided Watford to 14th in the table while Silva has been out of work since.
Now the former Hull City boss looks poised to head back north and get his belated opportunity to manage Everton.
When he was first approached by Goodison Park officials, Watford had made a flying start to the season – including beating Arsenal – and were playing attractive football – which is what fans of the Toffees are desperate to see once again.
Following David Moyes’ departure after 11 years in charge, Everton have had three permanent bosses, none of whom stayed in the job for more than three years.
If the club appoints Silva, they want him to stay for a longer period, with Sky Sports claiming chairman Farhad Moshiri sees him as the man to take the Toffees into their new stadium, due to open in 2022 or 2023.
A long-term contract is reportedly being prepared for the 40-year-old, who began his managerial career with Estoril, before moving on to Sporting Lisbon, Olympiacos, Hull and finally Watford.
The latter are still in dispute with Everton over their conduct earlier in the season, but the Merseysiders are reportedly confident they have no case to answer and they will finally get their man.