Everton host Watford FC and there’s sure to be some tension in the stands, and possibly on the pitch too. The Hornets have frittered away an excellent start to the season, but even more so they will be coming up against their former manager who was relieved of his job last season under some dubious circumstances.
Marco Silva was sacked halfway through the 2017-18 season after the Hornets had hit a 11-game run with only one win, but the club claimed the ‘catalyst’ for their decision was an ‘unwarranted approach’ for their manager earlier on by the Toffees, who had binned Ronald Koeman in November 2017.
“It is not the first time in my life and for sure it will not be the last.
“I look forward to the match, a tough match for sure, and it will be good to see some of the players who worked with me, some good friends as well I have in the club.”
When asked if he was expecting a hostile reaction from the traveling support, Silva responded -
“It is not important to talk about these type of situations.
“What I expect about the atmosphere in the stadium is the same as I saw yesterday (when Everton drew 1-1 with Newcastle) – this is the most important thing for me. Our fans came yesterday to really support our team.”
Manchester United’s beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho claimed a few days ago that the Red Devils would return to usurp Everton from the sixth place, but Silva is unfazed by his countryman’s chatter.
“It is his prediction, nothing more. He knows what is his obligation, and what is the obligation?
“Top six. He knows, and let’s see at the end of the season if his prediction is right or not.”
The Blues have stuttered in attack in the last three or so games, scoring just the once and Silva was asked if getting a striker in January was a top priority.
“I understand your question, but how many clubs are trying to find one striker to score more than 20 goals, or 25 goals, or 30 goals?
“I think it’s a question at the moment for all the managers in the Premier League.
“I am happy with the players we have. Of course we are doing our homework. We know what we want to do as well.
“My job is to work with the players we have at the moment, to develop them and develop our squad.”