Watford have reportedly rejected an approach from Everton for their highly-rated manager Marco Silva – and fans of the Hertfordshire club have taken to Twitter to deliver mixed verdicts.
Silva had initially been thought to be keen on staying at Vicarage Road and showing loyalty to the club who brought him back to the Premier League after old club Hull’s relegation.
But it now seems as though the Portuguese is keen to move on to a bigger Premier League rival, with Everton keen to secure his services, but the Hornets want to keep their talented boss.
Portuguese Silva arrived on these shores as a relative unknown, but he had already found great success with Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos.
The 40-year-old was appointed Hull manager in January, charged with keeping the Tigers in the Premier League.
Despite failing to do so, Silva’s side impressed with four wins in their first four home games, managing six wins in total from their last 18 games, but it was not enough to save them from the drop.
Watford fans have reacted on Twitter to this latest development in Everton’s manager search, with opinions divided at Silva’s apparent interest in the Toffees job.
This Is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets:
Wow if Marco silva wants to leave after 12 games in charge let him go.. proven nothing so far. Nobody is bigger than our club #WatfordFC
— Dean Thompson (@Deanoo05) November 13, 2017
Think we need to be realistic about Marco Silva, he’s clearly going to the top, we were always gonna be a stepping stone. If he leaves us to go to what is a bigger club, no matter what the league says, to better his career then can’t really blame him. Wonder who next?? #watfordfc
— Mark Hancock (@Mark_HancockWFC) November 12, 2017
For all his talent, lets not forget Marco Silva has led us to the same points total as Brighton and Huddersfield. As many losses as wins. Our biggest home defeat in years. A home loss to Stoke.. STOKE and an embarrasment at Everton. Good guy but not a great yet. #WatfordFC pic.twitter.com/HAVw7CG8Jr
— Chris Bottom (@ChrisBottom16) November 14, 2017
If Marco Silva does decide to stay then huge credit goes to the #WatfordFC board for their businesslike approach to this. Remember Duxbury saying there's no point in sulking and going public (like Southampton) if somebody makes an approach for your staff.
— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) November 14, 2017
Not really nervous. We tend not to get too attached to our managers these days.
— james (@jamesrevolts) November 14, 2017
I can see why he'd be interested but to leave after only 11 games is IMO poor. I truly hopes he stays as the football we play is excellent to watch, the last 3 games could easily been wins. Our injuries to our defense are also a factor which should start to improve the displays
— Mike Doran (@bandwagon) November 14, 2017
The infuriating thing is that, if Marco does leave for Everton, he’s going to be another statistic in the ‘Watford always sack their managers’ stick that the armchair pundits will perpetually beat us with. #WatfordFC
— A (@watfordfocus) November 14, 2017
If Silva is prepared to stay at #WatfordFC and give 100%, he should have our full support. This is a two way relationship and both sides have to be giving their all for it to properly function.
Now let’s try to forget this Everton nonsense and move on. COYH. pic.twitter.com/tHIwzSAUlE
— Golden Pages Fanzine (@WatfordFanzine) November 14, 2017
Take Richarlison’s influence out and Silva hasn’t done much more than create a team that can’t defend. He still has a lot to prove if he has ambitions at a top 6 club. #watfordfc
— Rob O'Dell (@Robodellwfc) November 14, 2017
Personally, I think Silva has been swayed because of the £££. If it's a football decision then he's deluded. He must have been offered a big pay cheque.#watfordfc
— Jacob Culshaw (@Culshaw17) November 13, 2017
If Silva does go will be severely pissed off but not overly surprised. He's done ok, and its been fun so far but he's achieved nothing. Has always had the feel of a short term appointment, and he's sowed more than a few seeds, just not this short. Que sera sera…. #watfordfc
— Dan Harvey (@HarveytheHornet) November 13, 2017