Well, Everton fans knew all along that Sam Allardyce wasn’t going to be one to mince his words with the media, and he didn’t fail to deliver on his first official day on the job as the Toffees manager.
Speaking in the build-up to the game against Huddersfield Town, Allardyce was asked about the other candidates for the job he just accepted.
“Let's put it this way. If you look at my track record, why wouldn't I be here irrespective of Marco Silva? 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.
“He got Hull City relegated (last season). That is perception. We have not to live in perception at our level. We have to live in reality and the reality is that I was spoken to. I pulled out and then I came back in because they felt it was the right thing to do.
“I don't know what went on before with Marco Silva whether he was before me, after me or in between me. All I know is they (Moshiri and dealmaker Keith Harris) came for me and I said ‘yes’. I said ‘yes’ when I was on holiday in Dubai.
“The club, I think, wanted to give David Unsworth the job, first and foremost, before me and Silva. That's how it is. I don't worry. You can't put all your eggs in one basket, do you know what I mean? You can't say ‘I'm going to go for one manager and that's it’. You have to see what is out there.”
That’s quite a statement to make, and it only increases the pressure on Allardyce to outperform Silva and Watford FC for the rest of the season. Let’s see how this bit of bombast turns out.