Everton are continuing to struggle to appoint a new manager and two of the leading candidates, Sam Allardyce and Marco Silva, now appear to be out of the running.

The club fired Ronald Koeman close to a month ago and it appears more and more likely that caretaker manager David Unsworth will remain in charge until the end of the season.

There were reports that Allardyce was close to being appointed but it is now being reported that the former England manager is no longer interested in the job.

There was contact between Everton and Allardyce on Sunday but Allardyce reportedly felt that the contract on offer, which only ran until the end of the season, was not enough to bring him out of retirement.

Everton have also made contact with Watford, and made them an offer for their manager, but were told that Silva would not be allowed to talk to the club and would remain in his role at Vicarage Road.

It is thought that Silva is interested in the job but that his two-year contract does not include a break clause and as a result Everton are unable to pursue him for the job.

A spokesperson for Watford told Sky Sports News, “We will not countenance an approach for our manager, either from Everton or indeed any other club, be it in the Premier League or abroad.”

There have been rumours of contact between Everton and Burnley regarding Sean Dyche but these are now thought to have been false.

Koeman was fired in October and Unsworth has been in charge ever since. There is still a chance that he will take over on a permanent basis as the club have not put a timescale on their search for a replacement.