David Unsworth insists he has not been undermined by Everton manager delay

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Asked about a potential move to Everton, Silva said: "It's for the board, the owners to talk to each other about the situation".

On the constant job speculation, he said: "It doesn't undermine (me) at all, I can only control players on training field and pick a team and go into every game with a game-plan and I can control that".

"There are too many games coming up in quick succession".

The Hornets face West Ham in their first match since the appointment of former Everton manager David Moyes, and take on the Hammers on the back of three consecutive defeats leading up to the global break.

Allardyce had emerged as a contender to become Ronald Koeman's permanent replacement at Goodison Park, however the club's hesitation to begin negotiations left him feeling unwanted. I don't want to talk really about Everton. Their only Premier League away success of 2017 came in January against a Palace side managed by Sam Allardyce, another candidate approached by the Everton hierarchy. "I can tell you it is a big club, nothing more".

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Unsworth has made no secret of his desire to become the next man in the role and has spoken on a daily basis with Chairman Bill Kenwright, as well as having "three or four" conversations with major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

"I am working as normal and at the moment I don't know if there has been an offer or not, or what has happened".

Silva recognises that Moyes' presence presents his team with a challenge they can not necessarily prepare for.

Unsworth was joined by his Under-23 players and staff sleeping in the Sir Philip Carter Stand as well as 200 fans - four times more than a year ago.

"We respect that, and that the individual players have a lot of quality, but need to keep focused".

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