Everton's search for a new manager has opened up a boardroom rift between Chairman Bill Kenwright and major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

The billionaire businessman’s determination to ­recruit a big name is at odds with Kenwright’s belief that a hungry, young British boss – in the mould of ­Burnley’s Sean Dyche – would be a ­better fit for the club.

Sources claim Moshiri has been “going it alone” after taking the ­decision to sack Ronald Koeman last month.

The 62-year-old’s first choice is Marco Silva. Those close to the talks between Moshiri and ­Watford confirmed: “It was clear that Silva was Moshiri’s choice and he has made it clear that he will decide on the next manager.