Marco Silva was appointed as the new manager for Everton FC on Thursday. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri hired he 40-year old after sacking Sam Allardyce at the end of the season, even though he managed to take the team from the 13th into the 8th spot in a matter of six months.

“I’m really proud to be the new Everton manager,”said Silva.“I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. I’m sure with everybody working together I will be ready for this challenge,” he added.

The Story

Everton fans did not expect the former England manager to achieve this feat during his six months in charge. They did hope, however, for some sort of style or an identity of excitement to develop. Instead, they had to witness a style of football that produced the fewest shots, the fewest chances created, and so on, during his brief tenure. The fans seemed to be in severe disagreement on the signing as some sections believe that he is not good enough while the others have faith in him.

Replacing Sam Allardyce seems like a massive gamble for the club. Marco Silva has not spent more than a year at any of his past four clubs โ€“ Watford, Hull City, Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese have to demonstrate his loyalty and prove his ability to build a squad for the long haul and create more than just an immediate impact. Since Farhad Moshiri became a major shareholder of Everton, their reputation for supporting managers through their difficult times. Even more frightening, Moshiri is on to his third manager in a little over two years.

The Squad

Silva was the second high profile signing after Marcel Brands was signed as the Director of football for Everton.ย Brands will aim to refresh the playing staff and give more focus on youngsters such as Tom Davies (19), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (21) and Ademola Lookman (20), who is set to be given more chances after his successful spell with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Silva must also work to cut the numbers and wage bill of a large and unbalanced squad after a terrible campaign.

Everton will also hope that Silva can get the best out of club record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, who showed a hint class before a serious knee injury. They also have Jordan Pickford, England’s first-choice World Cup goalkeeper. Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines have been stalwarts of Everton for more than a decade but are now 35 and 33 respectively, Ashley Williams (33), looks to have no Everton future while a question mark hangs over former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen and many more as Silva must oversee some heavy pruning while reshaping the squad.

“One of the most important things is that he’s a guy who wants to play attractive, attacking the football and also wants to work in the structure we have at Everton,” said Brands.

Silva demonstrated dissatisfaction with some elements of his role at Watford. While signings such as the Brazilian forward Richarlison and the winger Andrรฉ Carillo, who had worked with Silva at Sporting was his signings, he felt that he had limited influence in player recruitment. and that made him unhappy. Silva will hope that it’s not the same case for his new club.ย 

The Scandal

Despite Silva’s obvious interest in a move to Everton, Watford refused to let Everton speak to their manager. The Premier League is very keen for the clubs to fix their differences, however, they may be forced to convene an arbitration hearing to find a suitable conclusion.

Watford and Everton will look to sort out their differences in the next couple of weeks as the ‘Marco Silva tapping-up issue’ enters the fifth month. The two clubs have failed to clear the argument after Watford made an official complaint to the Premier League accusing Everton of tapping up their former manager last season. According to Sky Sports, the most probable scenario would be Everton paying a suitable compensation fee to Watford.

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