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Marco Silva inching closer to becoming the Everton head coach

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 23 May 2018

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Everton are closer to appointing Marco Silva as the clubs new head coach, according to Sky Sports anyway. The clubs director of football Marcel Brands is reportedly set to meet with the former Watford boss this week to discuss details of the role.

The appointment would not be a shock one considering that Silva was the Toffees first choice to replace Ronald Koeman last season. The Portuguese boss is 4/6 favourite to be the next Everton boss.

A long-term appointment

Sky Sports claims that Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri wants the Portuguese boss to be in place for the next five years. If that is true, Mr Moshiri is either very naïve or just very optimistic.

Head coaches/bosses barely have time to settle into a club before they are directed to the exit door. Moshiri has already sacked three different bosses during his time at the club, which is unlikely Everton who are fairly loyal to bosses.

Everton fans are divided on Silva’s appointment. However, most have said that they will back the Portuguese boss if he is appointed as the clubs head coach. Let’s face it the team cannot play a worse brand of football than they did under Sam Allardyce.

Silva is highly-rated by the players he has worked with in the past. He is regarded as a promising young boss who is a stickler for detail. He has hit the ground running at both Hull and Watford too before the wheels eventually came off at both clubs.

This could go either way

As an Evertonian, I am reserving judgement on Silva being the man to move the team forward in the near future. I remember during his early days at Hull I was highly impressed by Portuguese boss.

I even wrote an editorial praising his work with the Tigers. He nearly pulled off a great escape with a team that looked dead and buried in the months leading up to his appointment.

However, the way Hull finished the season and the end of his Watford tenure concerns me. Admittedly, there were mitigating circumstances to the Hornets poor form, notably Everton wanting to appoint him as boss. That obviously distracted Silva, as Watford refused him permission to speak with the Blues.

There are concerns amongst the Blues fans that Silva may not be able to turn around a poor squad of players. However, with the help of the aforementioned Brands, hopefully, the pair can build a more balanced squad for next season.

In terms of appointments, this is in the category of it could go either way at the moment. It may turn out to be a stroke of genius or it could turn out to be a disastrous appointment for the Toffees. Obviously, I am hoping it turns out to be the former.

Silva is still only 40 years-old and is highly regarded within the game. Both Mr Moshiri and Marcel Brands seem to rate him. I am prepared to give him time and some patience.

Hoping for better next season

The fact that Everton finished eighth-place after such a torrid campaign says more about the league than the Toffees. In terms of seasons, it was a poor one characterised by poor results under Ronald Koeman and poor football under Sam Allardyce.

Everton fans will be hoping that next season is a better one. When it comes to actually playing football things can only get better for the Blues next season. However, it will be very hard to break back into the top-six in the near future, which has to be the team’s immediate aim.

The Toffees have been in that top-six very recently and were regulars there under David Moyes. However, those top-six teams have looked light years ahead of Everton this season, who finished eighth almost by default due to the poor quality of teams below them.

If Marco Silva is the next Everton head coach, it will take him time to sort out the current mess of a playing squad. If he has time, then maybe he could be the boss that brings the glory days back to the blue half of Merseyside. You just never know.

Is Marco Silva the right head coach for Everton?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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