Craig Bellamy has told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports (broadcast on 20th November 2017 from 19:00) that he thinks that if it was down to Bill Kenwright, Sean Dyche would have got the Everton job ahead of Marco Silva.
The Toffees are still searching for their new manager having parted company with Ronald Koeman last month, and amongst the names who have been heavily linked with the post are Burnley boss Dyche and Silva, who has earned plenty of plaudits during his time in England with Hull and Watford.
The Telegraph recently reported that Everton had already made two approaches for Silva having made him their top target - and were even prepared to pay £10 million to get him out of his contract at Vicarage Road.
But Bellamy has suggested that he is not entirely sure that Dyche - who Sky Sports reported was also being considered for the post back in October - would have been overlooked for Silva had Toffees chairman Kenwright been the man making the decision instead of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
"I do like Marco Silva. I watched him when he was in Portugal, when he went to Olympiakos, I thought he did a great job there. And I was actually surprised he took the Hull job because of the position Hull were in at the time. I thought Hull were guaranteed to get relegated, and alright they did get relegated but I thought he gave them a fighting chance," he told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports (broadcast on 20th November 2017 from 19:00).
"I thought during that short period there he might have been able to do enough to get them out - it wasn't to be the case. So it didn't surprise me that when the Watford job became available, they were looking to take him.
"It doesn't surprise me now that Everton are interested in him but at the same time, I look at it and I say if it was Bill Kenwright, if he got the option to go and sign the manager, I'm sure he'd go Sean Dyche, but now with the foreign owner, I don't know."
It could certainly be argued that Dyche is not getting the praise he deserves for the job that he has done at Burnley - they currently sit seventh in the Premier League, level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool and just one point off the top four. Similarly however, Silva's stock in the English game has risen significantly since Hull brought him in and it seems inevitable that he will ultimately end up with one of the Premier League's biggest clubs.