Why priority target Marco Silva is a big risk for Everton

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

After the news of Sam Allardyce's sacking, Everton seem intent on securing the services of Marco Silva, but his past suggests the move is a risky one.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Sam Allardyce was sacked after only six months in charge of Everton, after fans bemoaned the pragmatic style of football; despite finishing in a respectable league position of eighth place.

Now it looks as though Everton are heavily vying for the services of long-term target Marco Silva (via The Guardian), and are seemingly undeterred by on-going legal quarrels with Watford, as reported by Sky Sports News.

There's no doubting Silva's obvious managerial talents in his young career; having won silverware in both Portugal (with Sporting) and Greece (with Olympiacos), not to mention his nearly-miracle at Hull City - though he couldn't prevent what was essentially an inevitable relegation - before his admirable job at Vicarage Road with Watford.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford, England.

However, the club seem to be contradicting comments of personal ambition with their own actions. Owner Farhad Moshiri has claimed Everton are building towards becoming a Champions League team, meaning a manager would have to stay in the job for a sustained period of time, slowly building and improving the squad.

Yet they're prioritising the signing of a man notorious for jumping ship regularly. The Portuguese manager has managed five clubs in the last seven years, and he's just 40 years-of-age.

If Everton are serious about bringing in Silva to spearhead the start of a new dynasty with the Blues, they will have to get serious assurances over his commitment for the foreseeable future.

Bigger opportunities will inevitably arise for the manager if he reaches the targets set by the board, and who's to say he won't jump ship again if a bigger club comes calling?

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