The appointment of Sam Allardyce following the departure of Ronald Koeman was one met with instant groans from Everton fans thinking “how has it got this bad” but ultimately it was the necessary course of action. Sam’s track record of getting teams to safety was undoubtedly what the blues needed at the time but it was the 18 month contract that seemed to disgruntle fans.
Personally I’ve never really paid too much attention to ‘Big Sam’ and I wasn’t just gonna jump on the bandwagon of people instantly writing him off as this really could have been his chance to show what he could do with arguably the biggest club he has ever taken charge of…
How wrong was I…
The sacking of Allardyce was inevitable come the end of the season and, after averaging only one or two shots per game, I was also glad to see the back of him but, at the time, he i
s what we needed so I do appreciate what he did for us.
Now manager-less, the attention has turned to who will take hold of the reins next. Multiple names have been touted ; Fonseca, Wenger, Rafa but, in my opinion, there has only been one man who would ever get the job – Marco Silva.
The young Portuguese manager first made his Premier League appearance two seasons ago when he took charge of a struggling Hull City team. Silva managed to get the Tigers playing some nice attacking football and secured victories over both Manchester United and Liverpool but the damage was already done – Hull were relegated with a game to spare. With that team and their already dreadful league position I don’t believe any manager could have saved them. However, Silva’s performances did not go unnoticed and he soon found himself taking charge of Watford for the 2017/18 season.
The new Hornets manager had a great start to life down south finding themselves unbeaten in 7 of their first 8 games and also landing themselves a brief spell in the top four until they settled down into 7th. Then Koeman was sacked. This spelt the beginning of the end for Silva’s time at Watford as Everton made him their top target for their new head coach. Two offers from Everton later – the second reaching a rumoured £14million – and it was evident Marco’s head had been turned. Constantly asked to confirm his commitment to Watford by the press – Silva would never give a straight answer. It seemed the players began to lose confidence in their manager and the results took a turn for the worse and after accumulating only 1 win
in their next 11 Silva was sacked.
Fast forward to the present – Everton are manager-less and Marco Silva is still out of a job even though he undoubtedly has had offers for work. It is plain and simple – Marco Silva will be Everton’s next manager and Sky Sports are now reporting it could be a done deal as early as next week.
Already there are fans writing him off but look at it this way. If Silva has known he was going to get the job come the summer ( no doubt Moshiri had already gave him a heads up on what was about to go down ) then it means he has already had some time to plan; to watch us, to identify weaknesses, to scout new players etc… and with Marcel Brands now part of the setup maybe, just maybe, he has been looking at how he can take advantage of the new DOF’s contacts.
He is a young manager still learning his trade and we are about to give him a brilliant opportunity to take control of a team back on the rise (especially if anything materialises out of the Usmanov rumors). He will bring exciting football back to Goodison again and the fans just need to give him a chance.
Silva’s Blue Army