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In his column in The Times, Tony Cascarino has aimed a sly dig at Everton caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson, and suggested he could have done more to help Marco Silva out before the Portuguese was sacked last week.
Well, the 57-year-old pundit was commenting on the big Scot following the Merseyside outfit’s 3-1 win against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday, which came on the back of a 5-2 defeat at arch-rivals Liverpool just a few days earlier.
Writing in his column in The Times, Cascarino said: “Duncan Ferguson took the reins at Everton and went with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, reaping instant dividends.
“Which raises the question: did Ferguson never think of suggesting to the under-pressure Marco Silva that he changed his tactics to suit the players he had before it was too late?”
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Potentially, but if Silva was set in his ways then Ferguson’s opinion may not have made too much of a difference anyway. And maybe he did try. Who are we to know?
That said, it has probably been clear for a while that this Everton side – especially if Calvert-Lewin who has never been a regular goalscorer was starting as a lone centre-forward – would benefit from having two strikers pressing from the front, and so it proved to be the case against Chelsea.
Perhaps Ferguson could have done more to get this point across to the Portuguese given the club’s lowly position in the Premier League table, and the fact he instantly changed things up in his first match at the helm at the weekend.
What is clear is that the former Toffee may well have found a short-term winning formula, and he will be hoping for a similar positive result against Manchester United at the weekend if he is still in charge.
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