A 5-2 defeat to local rivals Liverpool was enough to conclude Marco Silva’s tenure as the Everton boss, but what has happened to the highly touted Portuguese manager since his dismissal?
The tale between club and manager didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts with Everton having to fork out a whopping £4 million in compensation to Silva’s previous employers, Watford – and the story didn’t get much better from there…
Averaging just 1.28 points per game, only Walter Smith who left the club in 2002 had a worse record than Silva. His inability to turn games around proved to be a huge problem for the 43 year-old. He found his team in a losing position 28 times and not once could he guide them to bounce back and take all three points.
As a manager in a tough position, he looked void of ideas and spirit.
Ultimately Marco flattered to deceive and even though Evertonians would in no doubt thank him for the work he did with Marcel Brands to bring in the likes of Digne, Gomes, Mina and striker Richarlison, he was a flash in the pan and a poor choice for the Merseyside club.
Since his departure not much has been heard from Silva. Apart from his short statement to sky sports following the sacking, which he blamed on transfer difficulties and bad luck, he has been pretty quiet on what the next stage of his career will be. However it does seem like he isn’t short of offers…
Marco’s name is one that has been discussed in regards to the possible vacancy at Championship side, Bournemouth. Jonathon Woodgate has taken the reigns at the Cherries until the summer giving the board time to make the correct decision and Silva seems to find himself on the list of potential suiters alongside Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Rumours indicate that Sao Paolo are also interested in the Portuguese’s services, but it looks like if the Cherries are to get their man then they’ll have to battle with Saudi Arabia club Al Hihal who are reportedly ready to throw their hat into the ring.
The aforementioned teams would certainly prove to be a better fit for the young manager who still has time to make a name for himself, learn his trade and find that winning formula without making the jump to the top too quick. Marco can use his time in the Premier League with Hull, Watford and Everton as a learning curve as his stats really don’t make for good reading.
I’m sure its not the last we’ll hear of Marco Silva but I’m also pretty sure Evertonians will be keen to forget the torrid time he had with their club.