The announcement could even be co-ordinated to coincide with the first official day in the job for Everton’s new director of football, Marcel Brands, who starts work on Friday June 1 and has rubbers-stamped the hiring.
Silva has been Everton’s number one target since the club sacked Sam Allardyce at the end of the season. They only appointed Allardyce after failing to persuade Watford to release Silva from his contract last autumn following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman.
Silva, 40, was subsequently sacked by Watford in January, after a poor run of form, and the two clubs have been in dispute ever since with threats of legal action over potential compensation and complaints to the Premier League. It remains to be seen whether those issues have been resolved but Everton are pressing ahead with the appointment.
Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri believes Silva fits the mould of the kind of younger, dynamic training ground coach he wants to make the club a force again.
Silva will work with Brands on a clear-out of players at Everton after a disastrous summer of spending last year.
Brands has been involved in the final process of identifying Everton’s new manager, who will work within a new system where the director of football has huge influence.
He said: “I think it is important that he [the new manager] wants to work in the new philosophy, the new strategy of how we want to work with a director of football.
“I think it is important that he creates the environment for the long-term, and I think it is important that he is a modern coach. If you think about what Everton’s plans are, I think a modern coach will fit into that profile.
It is expected that Silva, who has made no secret of the fact that he wants to return to the Premier League, and has turned down offers from across Europe and China, will agree a three-year deal.
Silva rose to prominence guiding Estoril in Portugal from the brink of bankruptcy into the Europa League and then won the Portuguese Cup with Sporting CP and the Greek title with Olympiakos. During two spells in the Premier League he almost saved Hull City from relegation before starting well at Watford before being dismissed mid-season with Everton’s interest in him blamed for a poor run of results.