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Everton needs to act quickly on Marco Silva future

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Nov 2019

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On Saturday, Everton suffered a 2-0 home defeat to struggling Norwich at Goodison Park. The result lifted the Canaries off the bottom of the table and just two points behind the Toffees in the table. A lot of teams have bad days at the office, however, it seems that the Toffees never have a good one, with the defeat against Daniel Farke’s side the third against newly-promoted teams this season already.

Silva out of his depth

When Everton head coach Marco Silva arrived most Evertonian’s were prepared to give him a chance. The Portuguese boss had enjoyed a mixed managerial career, but there was a sense that there was a good boss in there somewhere.

Some regarded Silva as a top tactician. However, in his tenure on Merseyside, he has shown that he is frightfully naïve in certain aspects of the game. His team concede an alarming amount of goals and without much of an attacking return of late.

Many bosses whose team struggle defensively it is because they are good in attack. That was the case with Silva at times last season. However, when the attacking side is also poor, a woeful defensive record is hard to defend.

In short, under Silva, Everton can no longer defend or attack. The start of this season and three months of the previous campaign have shown he is out of his depth as Everton boss.

Is the board stalling or hoping for a miracle?

Most Evertonian’s found it crazy that Silva has not yet exited the club. This season’s results have been simply unacceptable and the fans let the Portuguese boss know their feelings after the Norwich game.

Reports claim that Silva was a Farhad Moshiri hire, as he arrived before director of football Marcel Brands. Question marks will be asked of the Dutchman’s performance, but the Dutchman has a record of success at previous clubs and is also on the board.

Brands is likely to choose the next Everton boss. The question is, are the Everton hierarchy stalling because they have not got a new boss lined-up, or are they really prepared to allow Silva to continue limping on? It is a big question when the Toffees face trips to the league’s top-two in Leicester and Liverpool in their next two games.

If the club do not have a replacement lined-up, then they are highly negligent, as Silva has struggled to turn things around this season. A win at Southampton bought him some time, but the defeat against Norwich means he is surely on borrowed time.

If he is not, then Everton have serious problems if the club’s top brass cannot see what is unfolding on the pitch. The team has regressed badly and it would take a miracle for the Blues to get a result at either Leicester or Liverpool.

Who next for Everton?

At the moment the most likely scenario mooted in the press if as expected Silva is sacked is that former Toffees boss David Moyes would come in on a temporary basis until the end of the season. The Scot is currently the favourite for the job at odds of 6/5.

It may seem like a backward step, but top-class bosses are not exactly knocking Mr Moshiri’s door down to manage the club. The likes of Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino seem to be top of the fans lists of a potential replacement for Silva.

However, the team in its current mess and years of poor management from the top has made Everton an unattractive prospect for top bosses. Both would likely do a great job on Merseyside, but neither are likely to be in the Goodison Park home dugout anytime soon.

Everton would be back to square one if they sack Silva. However, the team’s poor recent displays have always made his position untenable at the club.

Will Everton’s board dispense with the services of boss Marco Silva in the near future?


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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