Everton manager Marco Silva is braced for a hostile reception on his return to Watford on Saturday, but believes his former striker Troy Deeney may have delivered his team talk.
Deeney urged Watford fans to ignore Silva because the players would instead “kick the s—” out of Everton. Silva is desperate to reverse a poor run and knows his former club would love nothing more than to deepen his discomfort.
Watford are still seeking compensation for Everton’s approach for Silva a year ago. He says Deeney’s comments have been noted in Everton’s dressing room.
“I know some of the players already saw that,” said Silva. “They are aware of it. Let’s see what we lose or not from the situation. You can use many, many, many things. Each club can have their own strategy, Watford chose this strategy during the week. We have ours and let’s see on the pitch what will be the best. We are here to respect all the clubs, all our opponents. But first of all we have to respect ourselves. When they saw something like that, it is not good to listen to. I know they talked.”
Speaking with Deeney at a fans’ forum, Watford’s chief executive Scott Duxbury also said he would not engage with Silva.
“You have to understand about where they said it – they are there with the fans and talking [about] what the fans want to listen to,” said Silva. “I know very well Troy Deeney. Let’s see what will happen in the game. For me nothing changes, really.