Everton boss Marco Silva has admitted that he knows his position at Goodison Park is under pressure, as reported by The Mirror.
The Toffees are currently ninth in the Premier League table, and fell to a 3-1 home defeat to newly-promoted Wolves last time out.
As well as having been inconsistent in recent weeks, the football at Goodison has been uninspiring for much of this season and devoid of any tangible style or identity. Given how much money the club have spent in recent transfer windows, Silva’s side are currently falling short of their high expectations.
Something certainly needs to change soon if the Merseyside club are to save their season and achieve their lofty ambition of making a push for Europa League qualification.
Football FanCast’s Harry Elnaugh and Will Jones debated whether or not Silva is the right man to turn things around at Everton.
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I think that if Everton are going to make the step up they so clearly want to take, then they’ve got to give Silva more than one season in charge.
They might achieve a higher finish this season if they were to sack him and bring someone else in but there is no guarantee that whoever the new boss is would be able to improve on that next season or do a better job than Silva would in the long term.
They’re not going to get relegated and they can definitely finish in the top ten if Silva can find the winning formula that has thus far evaded him. I think his style of football is the right one to take the Toffees forward but, as has been the case with his predecessors, there is just one missing piece.
They have lacked a prolific striker since Romelu Lukaku’s departure and they will end up wasting Richarlison away if they don’t find someone who can relieve him of his centre-forward duties. Bite the bullet, give Silva the rest of the season and get a good striker in the summer.
Sacking him will be a huge step back, in my opinion.
Precisely what Silva has done to garner such a positive reputation in the Premier League eludes me. Whilst you can’t discredit or ignore the success he’s enjoyed abroad, since arriving on these shores he’s done little to suggest he’s the man to take Everton to new heights.
Yes, at Hull City he got them playing good football, but ultimately he couldn’t steer them clear of relegation. At Watford, the Portuguese coach enjoyed a fine start, but as soon as Everton batted their eyelashes in his direction the wheels came off so spectacularly at Vicarage Road that his position soon became untenable.
As things stand, Silva is yet to impress for more than even half a season in English football before things turn sour or he seeks pastures new.
Silva may well be a talented coach, but it seems just as likely that his era at Goodison will be reflected upon as yet another false dawn for Everton.
They’ve little to lose by giving him until the end of the season, and should save themselves the upheaval of a mid-season sacking, but long-term there isn’t much to suggest Silva is the man to take the Toffees where they want to go.