Sam Allardyce may have left Everton, but things aren’t going to be plain sailing yet for the Toffees, at least according to Tony Cottee.
That’s because he thinks Marco Silva – who is of course the overwhelming favourite according to the bookies and someone the club have been trying to get for some time – might not be the right many for the club, given he didn’t end up doing well at Watford in the long term and got the sack.
He was speaking to Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily programme: “You’d like to think they’ve been thinking about who to appoint.
“Marco Silva was someone they tried to get from Watford about six months ago and it certainly disturbed him in terms of what he was doing in his job at Watford.
“I’m not so sure whether he’s the right man to take the club forward. Everyone said he did a good job at Hull but ultimately they did get relegated and then after a pretty good start at Watford he then got the sack, albeit down to Everton’s interest.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns up but I’m not quite sure he’s the right man for the club.”
Style of play
The pundit also offered his support to Sam Allardyce, and noted he thinks the manager did a good job, despite being hated by the fans for the way he behaved when manager of the club and how he managed the players – not to mention the style of play on offer.
He backed Allardyce to get another job soon, and said that a Championship club looking to get promoted should consider the disgraced England manager – who will be paid the final 12 months of his contract now he’s left Everton, an amount thought to be around £6 million.
Cottee added: “The club was in turmoil after the poor start from Ronald Koeman but Sam’s come in and he’s done what Big Sam does.
“His teams don’t get relegated and he’s done his job so I think he can walk away with his head held high.
“I think they’ll be plenty of job offers for Big Sam and there’ll always will be. He’s a trouble-shooter; he goes into clubs and helps teams to survive.
“He’s very good at what he does and if you’re looking to appoint someone who’s going to get you out of the Championship then I think Sam will be a great appointment.”