Marco Silva on Everton

Marco Silva insists his relationship with everyone at Everton remains excellent, and he will always wish the best to the club.

Everton sacked Silva in December 2019, after a resounding 5-2 defeat by Liverpool saw Everton drop into the relegation zone of the Premier League with just 14 points from 15 games.

In an interview with the Guardian, Silva said he fully respected the decision to sack him and opened up on what went wrong at Everton.

Silva: “We changed a lot of things at the club and the first season was obviously very good. One of the things we did was to putting up messages/statements that showed every player what it meant to be an Everton player. The main one I remember was one that we put at the top in the dressing room: ‘Once Everton has touched you, nothing will be the same.’ Those kind of feelings are crucial for the team and we also wanted those sort of statements in the tunnel leading to the pitch to give an impact to the players and to reinforce the identity of the club.

“The second season was more difficult. We sold Idrissa Gueye to PSG and he had been fundamental for us. The replacement was Jean-Philippe Gbamin but unfortunately he got injured and we never had him available. We also missed Kurt Zouma as he had returned to Chelsea. We started well but there were injuries and the results suffered because of that. That’s football and the club decided to make a change. I fully respected the decision and my relationship with everyone at Everton remains excellent. I will always wish the best to the club, as well as to [Carlo] Ancelotti”.

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“The second season was more difficult. We sold Idrissa Gueye to PSG and he had been fundamental for us. The replacement was Jean-Philippe Gbamin but unfortunately he got injured and we never had him available. We also missed Kurt Zouma as he had returned to Chelsea."

Shots fired at Brands who ultimately cost him his job imo.

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He was out of his depth and failure to change things cost him his job . But he was likeable and was happy to be manager of the club.
Not like the moonhead Koeman

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To summarise:

"It was everyone else's fault, not mine."

Waste of space.

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“The second season was more difficult. We sold Idrissa Gueye to PSG and he had been fundamental for us. The replacement was Jean-Philippe Gbamin but unfortunately he got injured and we never had him available. We also missed Kurt Zouma as he had returned to Chelsea."

Shots fired at Brands who ultimately cost him his job imo.

....I don’t think so. Silva selected Gbamin when he openly said he‘d missed pre-season training & wasn’t match fit. muscle fatigue following a few games in a short-spell is the likely cause. Brands can’t be blamed for team selection.

I agree Zouma was pivotal. I assume Brands was given assurances we could have him on a permanent, but Lampard came in & wanted a look at his squad. When Brands turned his attention to Tomori, David Luis left on the last day of the window meaning Chelsea kept all their CBs.

I suppose Brands could be blamed for assuming Zouma would be acquired.

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He clearly has very different memories of his first season then I do. What he describes as "obviously very good" I would describe as mostly garbage and borderline sackable form until around March when we had a little purple patch (with some admittedly good results against Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd) that turned an utterly shambolic season into just another mediocre one.

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Even though I didn't want him to begin with (I wanted Paulo Fonseca) I don't really have a problem with him, the job and expectations was to much for him

Koeman on the other hand is a massive bellend

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Smooth self-promotion, as always. Deflects blame without fully avoiding responsibility for it.

The argument is basically, "The first season things went our way, the second season we lost some players due to transfers and injury, I wasn't able to overcome those challenges, and the club decided to make a change."

This lets the listener hear, or not hear, the italicized portion of the argument as they so choose.

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Out of his depth but a nice guy. Badly let down in that 2nd summer but should have gotten more out of the players he did have.

Good luck to him, no hard feelings.

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....I don’t think so. Silva selected Gbamin when he openly said he‘d missed pre-season training & wasn’t match fit. muscle fatigue following a few games in a short-spell is the likely cause. Brands can’t be blamed for team selection.

I agree Zouma was pivotal. I assume Brands was given assurances we could have him on a permanent, but Lampard came in & wanted a look at his squad. When Brands turned his attention to Tomori, David Luis left on the last day of the window meaning Chelsea kept all their CBs.

I suppose Brands could be blamed for assuming Zouma would be acquired.

The only argument with that is that Lampard would surely want to have looked at all of the Chelsea squad so when Zouma fell through why did Brands then start looking at another Chelsea player? he should have just walked away from them and gone elsewhere it was just lazy to not have an alternative, it's putting all your eggs(sorry) in one basket

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I semi forgot about him tbh. I couldn't give you the dates of the seasons he managed without looking.

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