Some at Crystal Palace wanted to offer Marco Silva a fresh start in the Premier League before the Eagles decided to throw their weight behind former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre instead, as reported by The Athletic.
How much longer can Marco Silva survive on his reputation alone?
Considering that he was being talked up as a potential Roy Hodgson successor by many at Selhurst Park, it seems the 43-year-old tactician has emerged from that disastrous spell at Everton with his reputation relatively unscathed.
It is a decade now since Silva burst onto the scene with Estoril. It is six years since he led Sporting Lisbon to Portuguese cup glory. It is five since he swigged champagne from the bottle at Olympiakos.
Since then, the man once nicknamed ‘Mini Mourinho’ has looked more like the second coming of Andre Villas-Boas.
Lucien Favre over Marco Silva for Crystal Palace?
He won just eight out of 22 games en route to relegation at Hull City and his impressive start to life at Watford soon dissipated once Silva started to bat his eyelashes at Everton.
The Portuguese was sacked after less than a year, with the Hornets bemoaning the fact that his head had been turned by opportunities elsewhere (BBC).
Everton finally got their man, although it is fair to say Silva didn’t exactly prove to be worth the wait.
The boos that rang out following a 2-0 home defeat to Norwich City in November 2019 spoke volumes and, when he was given the boot just a few weeks later, the Toffees were mired in the relegation zone.
Nonetheless, some at Crystal Palace still pushed for Silva over Lucien Favre.
The Athletic reports that the former caught the eye during initial talks, although it is the latter who is expected to take Hodgson’s seat in the Selhurst Park dugout.
Favre’s impressive track record when it comes to building a team greater than the sum of its parts – all the while promoting young and presiding over an attractive, possession-based style of football – appears to have earned the 63-year-old Swiss a long-awaited opportunity in the Premier League.