Everton and Watford FC are starting to build up quite the level of animosity, and it’s not just at the supporters’ level with the Hertfordshire side’s official Twitter account now throwing barbs on social media.
The story is old at this point, even though it only transpired just over twelve months ago. The Hornets got their 2017-18 Premier Leaague season off to a great start under new manager Marco Silva while the Blues faltered under Ronald Koeman. Eventually the Dutchman was sacked, with David Unsworth doing interim duty before Sam Allardyce took over.
In between all that there was word that the Toffees’ majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri was interested in Silva, and had made contact with him. Meanwhile, Watford’s form nosedived and by January the club had sacked their Portuguese manager claiming he’d ‘had his head turned’ by Everton’s interest.
The Blues appointed Silva to be their manager in the summer, Watford started legal proceedings claiming ‘tapping up’, but then both sides put their animosity aside to do a huge £40 million deal for Richarlison. Eventually arbitration was mentioned to resolve the dispute between the two sides, with the final result of that action still unknown.
Seemingly out of the blue really this morning, since a lot of the season is yet to be played with the Hornets only sitting three points ahead of the Blues, came this tweet.
Funny how they forget their own revolving-door policy they’ve had with managers, but continuing to obsess about what’s going on at the Toffees.
And that wasn’t it yet, as the Twitter account went in to try get even more retweets.
The Hornets supporters have been getting into the act too, with the travelling supporters bringing in rubber snakes to Goodison Park for their clash earlier this season to show Silva how they feel.
Gary Lineker, a former Everton striker himself and an analyst with BBC Match of the Day currently took the high road again as he often does in his response to this morning’s outburst.
Yes, football can and will prove us wrong on many occasions, and I’ve already stated that that may be the case again here, but the sacking of managers is not something I often support and do find this tweet rather disrepectful of your former manager. https://t.co/wcfGYIycJE— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 21, 2019
After the 2-2 draw at Goodison, the two sides will meet again in the Premier League on February 9th at Vicarage Road, in a match that promises fireworks both on and off the pitch.
Ever the classy gentleman, Lineker refuted suggestions that the club should sack their Twitter account person, and worked in a joke in there too.
That would be an absurd decision, in my opinion, by Watford to fire their Twitter account person after his first bad Tweet. He’ll be snapped up very quickly and Watford will almost certainly get someone less talented. https://t.co/HeWKGHlELh— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 21, 2019
At least the club made some attempt at remedying the situation with a more appropriate tweet, celebrating their legacy of sacking head coaches as often as they have had in the past few years - a baker’s dozen in the last 11 seasons, to be precise.
Sorry, @GaryLineker, no offence meant to anyone. They got carried away celebrating when they realised the Head Coach had been with us for a whole year!— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 21, 2019
I might be going through more Social Media Managers than Head Coaches soon ♂️
Scott Duxbury, Chairman & CEO#watfordfc https://t.co/ZvDN4qnWG6