Marco Silva has hit back at Sam Allardyce after the new Everton manager scoffed at comparisons between himself and the Watford boss.
Allardyce, 63, was appointed as Everton boss last week, but only after the Toffees were forced to give up their pursuit of Silva.
In his first press conference at Goodison Park, Allardyce insisted his record as a coach compared very favourably with the 40-year-old.
He said: “I have every respect for Marco Silva and I am not criticising Marco Silva but Marco Silva’s track record has got no comparison whatsoever with mine because he got Hull City relegated.”
Silva responded over the weekend.
“I read what he said, but when he made this comparison it does not make sense,” said Silva.
“It is the same thing if I compare his work with a national-team coach like Gareth Southgate.
“It’s like me comparing the five goals Richarlison has scored in the Premier League with Peter Crouch. Crouch is nearly 37, Richarlison is 20 – Crouch has played so many games and Richarlison far less.
“Go and see what he [Allardyce] was doing when he was 40 years old, or see what he was doing in his first seven seasons as a coach.
“Then look at what I am doing at the same age – or you can wait until I am 63 years old, and then we can compare what I have done.”