Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Everton have to sack Marco Silva

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 5 Dec 2019

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As an Evertonian, I usually get excited, frustrated and mostly annoyed watching Everton play, especially in Derby games against Liverpool. However, on Wednesday night I just felt numb as Jurgen Klopp’s side recorded a comfortable 5-2 win at Anfield.

It was like an out-of-body experience, where I was no longer watching my team, but a different team with no quality, fight or tactical awareness (although that has been a regular occurrence of late). Looking at social media, it seems it is a familiar feeling. In fact, it is rife amongst Blues.

Curtains for Silva

According to Sky Sports, the defeat will signal the end of Marco Silva’s reign as Everton boss, with David Moyes mooted as his replacement and Tim Cahill coming in as his assistant. This would be the less surprising news ever to Evertonian’s. Silva has looked out of his depth for a long time, despite brief moments in his time at Everton of hope.

When Silva arrived in the English game, some were lauding him for his tactical nous. Unfortunately, he has proven his fans wrong at three different clubs now.

The Portuguese boss was supposedly a coach who liked to play attractive, possession-based football. This often meant his team conceding goals at the other end.

However, the sheer simplicity and number of goals the Toffees have conceded this season is incredible. Admittedly the players have been awful at times, but Silva is not dying by the fact he could not organise a drinking contest in a brewery.

Should do better

It seems that Evertonian’s have got to the stage where they are sick of the rubbish football played by their team. The Merseysider’s started the campaign which looked like a run of fixtures that could be the foundations for a top-six challenge.

Instead of a challenge for a European spot, Everton dropped into the relegation zone on Wednesday night. Everybody knows that the team should have done better. Most bosses would have yielded more points than the meagre 14 that the Blues have managed in the Premier League.

If god forbid if Sam Allardyce was still in charge would the team be in the bottom three? It seems highly doubtful. I am certainly calling for Allardyce return, but maybe the team needs to get back to basics to start winning football games.

The basics of being to not concede two goals each game would be a help. The defence and to a certain extent, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford have been awful for much of the season after a decent start.

International centre-backs like Yerry Mina and Michael Keane look more like League Two plodders than Premier League players. Mason Holgate is still relatively young, so he can have a little leeway. I just hope he is not learning from his more senior colleagues on how to defend.

David Moyes is the favourite

Former Toffees boss Moyes is now 4/9 favourite to return to the Merseyside club. The Scot did a decent job on a shoestring budget during his first spell with the Blues. He bought into what the club was about.

However, Everton are a far different club to one that Moyes left in 2013. He has also failed to impress in his roles after leaving Merseyside at Manchester United, Real Sociedad, and Sunderland. He did do a decent job steadying the ship at West Ham on an interim basis, which is what he is expected to do at Everton.

I am not sure what my feelings are towards a Moyes return. I want the club to move forward. Everton teams under Moyes struggled against the big clubs, but more often than not defeated the teams they were expected to beat.

Even that is beyond Silva. It is now a case of steadying the ship and hoping to limp through the rest of the season without suffering relegation. It looks like this is another wasted campaign. What have Evertonian’s done to deserve this?

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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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