Report: Kenwright told Watford in March that Everton would not appoint Silva

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Watford at Amex Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright reportedly told Watford that Marco Silva would not be appointed, but now he is favourite to succeed Sam Allardyce.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Watford at Amex Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Everton and Watford could be set to go head-to-head over the appointment of Marco Silva as the former's new manager following the sacking of Sam Allardyce.

As the Independent reports, Silva is now the favourite to succeed Allardyce at Goodison Park after the 63-year-old was dismissed from the position earlier today (May 16).

Everton's English manager Sam Allardyce gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Everton at The London Stadium, in east London...

Yet this is after club chairman Bill Kenwright reportedly gave assurances to Silva's former side Watford that the Toffees would not appoint the Portuguese this summer.

This came during mediation between the two clubs suggested by the Premier League after the Hornets made an official complaint over an alleged illegal approach for the 40-year-old back in October.

The Merseysiders had wanted to appoint Silva, then boss at Vicarage Road, after axing Ronald Koeman but a deal could not be agreed and in the end Allardyce was hired instead.

Everton chairman, Bill Kenwright looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on March 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

The Hertfordshire outfit then sacked the former Hull City chief in January, citing Everton's move to sign him as a direct reason behind the decision.

Watford are still seeking compensation from the Toffees as a result and if they do now name Silva as boss then that stance will only be strengthened.

The club are also in a separate legal battle with the manager himself, whom they claim breached his contract when the approach was made.

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