Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had identified Silva as his number one target to succeed Ronald Koeman, who was relieved of his duties on Merseyside over a month ago, but he has now accepted that he will not be able to prise the Portuguese away from Watford, who understandably have no interest in losing their manager so soon after hiring him.
Silva has said very little about his future since Koeman left the Toffees on October 23 and, ahead of his side's Premier League game at Newcastle on Saturday, he would talk only about the game. I don't like to talk nothing more about this because sometimes I talk and after you go in the other way. "Newcastle vs Watford - I will answer 10 or 20 [questions about this] for you".
"I don't give one more word on this situation for you".
The Hornets' Italian owner Gino Pozzo has dispensed with four managers during the past three years; Billy McKinlay, Slavisa Jokanovic, Quique Sanchez Flores and Walter Mazzarri.
Last weekend Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury made clear in the strongest possible terms to Everton that they would not be releasing Silva under any circumstances, and their anger at Everton's pursuit of their manager, a message that has been taken on board.
"The most important thing for me is Newcastle-Watford".
He has produced an exciting attacking team who score goals as well as conceding them.
"We are fully focused on our next game".
"We need to prove during the match on the pitch that we want to win more than our opponent".