Immediately after his playing days came to an end with Portuguese minnows Estoril, Marco Silva was thrown into the Director of Football position at the very same club.
Before he even had a chance to settle into that role, the club’s manager Vinicius Eutropio was sacked early on in the season, where the reins were ultimately handed to the then Director of Football Silva – a man with literally no managerial experience.
After a 3-1 loss on his debut as a manager, Silva then embarked on a stunning run of just three defeats in 24 games which led the club to the top-flight for the first time in seven years.
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It was here, at the club where Silva ended his playing days, that he made his name as a manager in the professional game.
A move to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon followed, but from then on, it has all been very stop-start for the 41-year-old.
Apart from his three-year stint with Estoril, Silva has never had a second season with any of his four clubs since – apart from now at Everton, however, where he should be in charge for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.
This is one of the biggest summers in Marco Silva’s career so far. He will start the season with Everton, the first time he’ll have had a second season with a club since his Estoril days.
Be interesting to see how they do in the window and how they do next season.
— Próxima Jornada (@ProximaJornada1) May 23, 2019
Silva jumped from Sporting, to Hull, to Watford all in the space of three years; it is safe to say that he has little knowledge of what to do after the first season at a big football club in a top European league.
So, in that respect, this upcoming campaign with the Toffees is a huge one.
Will he be able to kick on and continue to oversee the fine performances that we saw towards the end of 2018/19, where he led his side to dominant wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United?
Or will we see Silva sink in unprecedented waters for himself personally after leaving his home country?
Whatever happens, one thing is for certain; this upcoming season is as big for the Toffees boss as it is for the club themselves.