"If you look at my track record why wouldn’t I be here irrespective of Marco Silva?" asked Sam Allardyce ahead of Everton's win against Huddersfield at the weekend, ignoring that he was most definitely not the club's first choice to succeed Ronald Koeman.
Allardyce probably wasn't even Everton's second choice. Along with Silva, they were also reported to be interested in another Portuguese manager: Shakhtar Donetsk's Paulo Fonseca.
The former England manager and pint of wine drinker went on to say that he has respect for Marco Silva and was not being critical of him when saying that the 40-year-old Watford boss' record in no way compares to his, "because he got Hull City relegated."
For Allardyce, avoiding relegation from the Premier League appears to rank above winning trophies. Silva won the Greek league with Olympiacos and the Portuguese Cup with Sporting.
Following Watford's draw with Spurs on Saturday, Silva fired back at Allardyce.
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 (207 career goals). Crouch is nearly 37, Richarlison is 20 – Crouch has played so many games (669) 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.