Premier League Chairman Claims Marco Silva’s Agent ‘Begged To Meet Him’

Premier League Chairman Claims Marco Silva’s Agent ‘Begged To Meet Him’
Jun 14, 2017

Crystal Palace News

When Sam Allardyce announced he was leaving Crystal Palace, only days after the end of the Premier League season, fans were wondering who’d be the latest manager to take the hot seat at Selhurst Park. Since their promotion to the top flight in 2013 under Ian Holloway, the South London club have gone through 5 permanent managers: Ian Holloway, Tony Pulis, Neil Warnock, Alan Pardew and Big Sam, with Keith Millen haven taken charge in two separate caretaker spells.

The club are in need of stability in order to progress with what is a very impressive team, boasting the likes of Van Aanholt, Dann, Cabaye, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke.

Thus when the news that Marco Silva had left his post at Hull, following the Tigers relegation to the Championship, the race was on to secure the Portuguese manager’s name. By keeping Hull even in with a shout of Premier League safety, many sat up and actually took Silva seriously, even including the likes of Paul Merson who questioned his appointed at the time. Silva was rumoured to want to stay in England, with the vacant Crystal Palace and Watford jobs on offer whilst Porto were also interested in his services.

Silva eventually joined Watford and will be the club’s eighth manager in 5 years. So why did Silva choose Watford over Crystal Palace? Daily Mail writer, Charles Sale, pinned the blame on Palace chairman Steve Parish, reporting that Silva was “unimpressed with Parish’s approach”, seemingly annoyed that Parish decided to continue his holiday in Majorca, offering Silva a meeting in Spain, whereas the former Sporting Lisbon manager instead wanted to meet in England. Parish got wind of the story and respond in remarkable fashion.

And it is not like Parish has been relaxing during his time in Spain after the season. Parish met with Wilfred Zaha and persuaded the Ivorian to sign a new contract with the club, which is a major coup, with Tottenham rumoured to be interested in the tricky winger. Palace are still on the lookout for a manager but the saga could soon be over, with Mauricio Pellegrino the favourite to take charge.


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