Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has said Watford head coach Marco Silva should turn down any approach from Everton to take over at Goodison Park.

Silva has emerged as a clear favourite to succeed Ronald Koeman with both the bookies and Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri - but Watford knocked back an approach from the North West club last night.

There is rarely smoke without fire and while Silva's intentions have not yet been confirmed, it is likely some sounding out was attempted from the Everton end before they made their approach.

The Watford Observer has been told by sources personally familiar with Silva it is not in the Portuguese's nature to consider walking out on a club during a season, and he left each of his four previous jobs during the summer recess.

Certainly Jordan feels Silva should bide his time for the next step in his career, with only 12 games gone in the Watford hotseat so far.

He told Talksport: “I think he’s gone into Watford and he is doing a decent job there. It’s tempting for him.

“If he’s got any proper advisors around him and thinking of his own, he will know that managerial careers are built around upon a degree of integrity and reliability.

“Dropping out of the Watford job at such an early tenure when the first big job comes along will not do him any favours in the long run."

Former Arsenal defender Perry Groves had another view, however, citing the Pozzo family's regular managerial changes as a justification to move on.

"The Pozzo family haven’t shown loyalty to their managers," he said. "But the ones they’ve appointed have done well for them.

"They’ve decided Silva is the next one, but as a player or manager what you should always aspire to be is as good as you can and test yourself at the highest level.

"Everton are a bigger club than Watford, but they’ve been quite well run, playing good football."