He’s been a dead man walking for what feels likes months but finally after much rumour Everton confirmed that the board had made the decision to part company with Marco Silva.
A midweek loss to local rivals and under-strength Liverpool was the final act for the Portuguese national and the final straw for owner Farhad Moshiri.
The Merseyside club will now search for his replacement and their 5th permanent appointment since the departure of stalwart David Moyes’ 11 year stint.
Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and now Marco Silva have overseen the fruitless campaigns since 2013 and the next man will have immediate pressure placed upon his shoulders with the amount of investment that has already been placed into an imbalanced squad.
But what now for the man who has been ordered to clear his desk at Goodison?
The 42-year-old cost £4m in compensation from Watford despite being dismissed by the Hornets months earlier, for flirting with Everton over their then vacant position.
The former Estoril, Sporting and Olympiacos Manager arrived as a relative unknown when he took over the reigns at Hull City back in 2017, as usual with most “promising” Portuguese coaches he was compared those that trod a similar path before him, mentions of Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas Boas generated excitement for a side that look destined for the drop.
All three of his posts in England have ultimately ended in failure after promising starts.
At Hull City, it was 17 points from his first 11 games before 4 points in the final 7 condemned them to relegation and signalled his departure.
Two days later he joined Watford taking 21 points from 13 games and leading to admiring glances from his future employers. The events that followed saw the Hornets win once in 11 before he was axed.
When he arrived at Goodison he took over from the much criticised, yet effective Sam Allardyce. 22 points from his opening 13 league game soon made the blues faithful forget about their Big Sam moans…Silva then led Everton to just 42 points in the following 38 matches.
In all Silva had overseen 53 games whilst employed by the Toffees.
Winning 19, drawing 11 and losing 23.
Whilst not solely responsible for the distribution of the transfer budget he has brought in the best part of £200m worth of talent in his 18 months in charge.
He has guided them into the bottom three of the Premier League and his reputation has been left in ruins.
He’ll need to look abroad for his next opportunity before any chairman with Premier League ambitions even adds him to their shortlist again.
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