Ex-Liverpool midfielder Thompson makes big claim about Everton manager Silva

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Swansea City at Vicarage Road on December 30, 2017 in Watford, England.

Marco Silva was confirmed as Everton's new manager on Thursday.

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.

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson has claimed on Twitter that the appointment of Marco Silva at Everton could guide the Toffees into the Champions League next season.

Former Hull City and Watford boss Silva has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Goodison Park, which finally sees the Portuguese boss take over at Everton after being previously linked with the role.

16 Oct 1999: David Thompson of Liverpool celebrates a goal during the FA Carling Premiership game against Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, England. Chelsea were reduced to 9 men with 2...

Silva was one of the frontrunners for the managerial hotseat following the sacking of Ronald Koeman towards the end of 2017, but has been made to wait. He now replaces Sam Allardyce ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Thompson, who came through Liverpool's academy before featuring in the first team for four years between 1996 and 2000, believes the appointment of Silva could see Everton challenge for the top four.

Everton decided to sack former England boss Allardyce last month despite taking the club from the relegation zone into a very comfortable eighth place.

However, he was hugely unpopular with the Everton fans, with most criticising him for his style of play and outspoken comments in the media. Silva will now work alongside director of football Marcel Brands, who recently joined from PSV.

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