In the early hours of Wednesday, The Everton fans were finally given the news they were waiting for. The club decided to end its ties with Sam Allardyce, after just six months into his contract. He does have a year left on his deal but the Toffees have shown him the door and are already close to landing his replacement.
Everton Want Marco Silva
The Toffees wanted to appoint Marco Silva even before they settled for Allardyce and reports now suggest that they have made the Portuguese manager their top priority for the next season.
Though reports from Sky suggest that Watford will lodge an official complaint on Everton’s efforts to tap their former boss when he was in charge at Vicarage Road earlier in the season, it is understood that The Toffees are ready to sit down with the Hornets and are also ready to pay any compensation they are asked for. So is Silva worth all the fuss?
Silva – Fact file
Having started his managerial career with Estoril, the final club he played for, Silva then took charge of Sporting CP and Olympiakos before moving to England for the first time with Hull City. He spent just half a season with the Tigers in the top flight, but managed to win just 8 of the 22 games and saw the club drop down to the Championship.
He was soon relieved of his duties but he did not take long to find another job after he was appointed at Vicarage Road. Though he started off decently, getting his side to play some exciting football, the 40-year old lost 13 of the 26 matches he was in charge for Watford and was sacked late in the January transfer window.
His last trophy was the Superleague in Greece and though his time in England has not been fruitful, at just 40, he will have surely learnt his lessons and can be a serious threat to top teams in England, if given a strong squad.
Right Man For Everton?
The Toffees saw Ronald Koeman fail at Goodison Park before Sam Allardyce found some consistency. But with money to spend in the summer and a goal to reach European football, Everton need to change their strategies and need fresh faces, who can start a new era at the club.
This is why Silva is the perfect fit for Everton. He may not get them a league title in his first season but Silva will certainly establish his style of play at the club and will bring back the identity Everton have lost in the last couple of seasons.
They will have to pay big, not just to Silva but also to Watford but given the manager’s reputation, it is a risk well worth taking.