Watford issued a cease and desist letter this week to Everton over their pursuit of manager Marco Silva, according to The Times.
The newspaper makes the claim after Everton had ended their attempts to prise Silva away from Vicarage Road, and this report seems to detail the reason behind their decision.
Portuguese boss Silva has impressed since coming to England, first with relegated Hull City last season before his move south to take the reins in Hertfordshire.
His efforts were noticed by the Everton hierarchy, and he became a frontrunner to replace the sacked Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.
However, it quickly became obvious that Watford were not going to part with their manager easily, and it has now emerged that they threatened legal action over the Toffees’ persistent pursuit of Silva.
In the report, The Times’ Matt Dickinson said: “This week Everton received a cease and desist letter from Watford’s lawyers, demanding that the pursuit of Marco Silva be immediately called off — or else. But it should not have needed such a threat.
“Did Moshiri really think that Watford, even if offered £10 million or more, could afford to let their manager walk out in November?
“Who does he think he is, Watford may well ask, looking down from the top half of the table at a club such as Everton who were wrong to take the side of the “big six” in the recent argument over sharing broadcast income.”
It is, as Dickinson writes, indicative of Moshiri’s inexperience as a club owner to ever have expected that Watford would part ways with Silva. The Hornets managed to secure the services of this promising manager, who would have had many other offers of employment, only a matter of months ago. That they would ever let him leave for any amount of money is ludicrous. The touted £10million offered is pennies in today’s football climate, especially with the Premier League TV deals now so lucrative. Everton and Moshiri need to put this Silva debacle behind them, and appoint a new manager quickly, or the club will keep sliding away from that top six that Moshiri is so keen to break in to.