Sam Allardyce made a brutal dismissal of Marco Silva’s credentials, saying that the Watford manager didn’t deserve to be the next Everton manager ahead of him.
Silva emerged as Everton’s first choice target, following the sacking of Ronald Koeman in October. The 40-year-old was even offered a compensation package of £10 million by Farhad Moshiri.
However, Watford rejected all advances as they didn’t want to part ways with their manager.
Allardyce was initially not in the running for the vacant Everton job, but he came into focus again when Watford didn’t allow Silva to leave the club.
The former Crystal Palace manager, offering a confident appraisal of himself, said that his track record suggests that he is a more deserving candidate than Silva. He further pointed out that Silva got Hull City relegated.
When asked whether if he is worried that Everton could go for Silva in the summer when he will have one year remaining on his contract, Big Sam said –“that is perception”, but the reality is different.
“Let’s put it this way,” said Allardyce. “If you look at my track record why wouldn’t I be here irrespective of Marco Silva?," said Allardyce as quoted by The Times.
“I have every respect for Marco Silva, and I am not criticising Marco Silva, but Marco Silva’s track record has got no comparison whatsoever with mine because he got Hull City relegated.”
Football fans took to Twitter to express their reaction. Here are some of the selected tweets:
The Portuguese 2nd Division, the Portuguese cup & the Greek League. Not exactly major trophies.— UpperGwladysBlue (@UpperGwladysBlu) December 1, 2017
If not getting relegated is the new barometer of success then I think we might need to change our motto. We didn't go down with Mike Walker in charge either, so he must walk on water too.— Daniel O'Connor (@docefc) December 1, 2017
it's one way to look at it. Not the way I would though. Silva didn't 'get Hull relegated' he couldn't prevent them #subtleties— ThePrestwichMarauder (@MaraudersJFC) December 1, 2017
Sorry, but I this case bollocks Sam ... MS nearly saved us ... the Allams got Hull relegated— Paul Giblin (@paulfromhull) December 1, 2017
It's this kind of bravado that will not endear SA to the Everton fans. Sam has won nothing of note in his career & plays a very conservative style of football. Silva almost performed a miracle at Hull, doing well with Watford & won trophies abroad....— Lee Pazzini10 (@LeePazzini) December 1, 2017
And that’s why big Sam is hated. Talk about loving himself— jason foley (@jasonstar54) December 1, 2017
Big Sam claims hes good enough to manage real Madrid. Will get them a mid table finish then brag he didn't get them relegated, imagine!!— He11dsy (@He11dsy) December 1, 2017
Outward confidence fuelled by slightly bitter self-delusion.— J_Brook (@J_Brook) December 1, 2017
You wouldn’t be there if Watford agreed to release him. Quite simple really.— Anthony Hufton (@AnthonyHufton) December 2, 2017
He actually did this on his first official day? To compare those two squads, and the outcome as an achievement for himself? Thought it was impossible to create more resentment regarding his appointment. No class.— Torje D. Johansen (@TorjeDJohansen) December 1, 2017
Can’t believe this guy was once England managerjokes— * Tony Almeida * (@TonyMalmeida) December 1, 2017
realities of today, MS is miles ahead of SA. If ensuring teams don't get relegated is yardstick for success, SA is the best— Nkemjika O.Nwachukwu (@NkemjikaON) December 2, 2017