Silva to remain in charge for Leicester game

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Marco Silva will still be Everton manager when the team travels to the King Power Stadium on Sunday according to media reports.

The Portuguese is under immense pressure following Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Norwich which sparked vociferous calls for him to be sacked as the Blues drift towards a battle against relegation.

Speculation has been rife that David Moyes or a similar temporary appointment was in the works but it has emerged that the majority of the Board are aware of supporter opposition to the Scot returning and are working to avoid a repeat of the situation two years ago that saw Sam Allardyce come in on an interim basis.

Silva and his assistant, Luis Boa Morte, have spent the last two days on a brief break back in their native Portugal but returned to Finch Farm today to take training as normal.

Now, Sky Sports and other outlets are saying that Silva has been told he will be in the dugout when Everton face high-flying Leicester this weekend but it's unclear if this would merely be a stay of execution or whether the 42-year-old is being given another opportunity to save his job.  

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Paul Jeronovich
2 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:43:35
He needs to go, end of. Tactics are pathetic and he may try hard and work long hours but he keeps making the same mistakes. He is not capable.
Brian Harrison
3 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:45:56
I think if I was Siva, and knowing that I cant really have any long term aspirations of being Everton manager. I would say to the players, look we collectively as a group have failed in what we are trying to do, and most probably I wont be your manager for very long given our recent results. But there is one group that hasn't failed and thats our fantastic supporters who have sold out every away ground allocation. So the game against Leicester we play for them, and show them we really do care about playing for this great club and great supporters.
Joe McMahon
4 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:47:06
I know its dreamland but it's not gonna be Poch then. Wouldn't it be nice just for once to get a manager others would want. What Spurs did in the space of a few hours is incredible compared to bumbling back street old fashioned Everton. It can be done, somehow Newcastle landed Benitez.
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:51:36
Great words Brian.

Joe, it would be fantastic. Instead of wanting Silva to be our Pochettino, we could have Pochettino. so what if he does exactly what he did for Spurs, he would leaves us in a position where we can then appoint someone who can win things, which is what Spurs are thinking, regardless of whether Mourinho is the right man.

Kevin Naylor
6 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:54:03
Only Everton would keep hold of a manager with a record like Silvas.
Simon Bell
7 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:55:30
Like everyone else, I'm not happy with where we are and I know the easy option is to sack the manager in and get someone new. We keep getting told how we're 4 points from the relegation zone, but we're also 5 points off 6th! This season so far has been ridiculous with all teams capable of beating each other.

With all the injuries we've got in midfield at the moment, I feel for any manager that would potentially come in if/when we get rid of Silva.

I would love to see us turn it round like we did against the top 6 towards the end of last year, but personally I can't see it!

Justin Clark
8 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:58:00
This partnered with the rumored board room rifts just goes to show how dysfunctional Everton are. We are operating as two different entities at the moment and for anyone who has ever worked in an atmosphere like that it's no wonder it has seeped down to our players. Ideally a decision would have been made on a plan of action one way or another in the international break but this seems to catch our fearless “leaders” like it's a surprise
James Stewart
9 Posted 26/11/2019 at 16:58:14
We are a disgrace from the board room to the players on the pitch. Any self respecting club would not accept what is consistently being served up by one of the worst managers I have ever had the misfortune to see.

The fanbase is equally deluded and partly to blame for continued self sabotage, especially those who shout down any manager within our reach Moyes, Benitez etc.

Why on earth would Allegri, Pochettino or any manager of that ilk touch a club like ours. They have their pick of the Bayern's and Madrid's. Utter fantasy.

So instead of swallowing our pride and accepting someone like Benitez, the board will appoint another incompetent just to pander to the fans. I find the whole charade disgusting. Imagine if we had got Rogers... Where would we be now? Something that never would have been allowed due to dinosaur mindsets that are more obsessed with the rs than our own success.

John G Davies
11 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:02:04
The boardroom split will be simple enough to work out.

"All those in favour of Moyes return raise your hand"
Cue one little theatre impresario hand in the air.

"All those against"
Cue, every other board members hand in the air.

Derek Knox
13 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:06:28
Brian @ 3, good post and great sentiments; but if only?

I think we, very much as fans, are taken totally for granted in this modern era, by the Board, Management and Players alike. If they honestly cared more, the Board would have a reliable barometer on the fans' expectancy, and at least make a Statement of Intent every now and again.

The Manager should / would motivate the players and make them aware that on a cold, wet, freezing game at Brighton that the fans had unstintingly travelled pretty much all day, and wouldn't get back home till midnight just to support them.

None of this is, or has been in evidence recently!

Kase Chow
16 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:12:55
Why why why

What will Silva have learnt since Norwich that he didn't learn from all the other games?

This is a waste of time and yet more points dropped. Brilliant

Tony Everan
19 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:24:38
Is this because he is waiting for the Chinese league to finish on Dec 1st?
Dave McDowell
21 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:28:15
According to Carragher:

"There's a big split in the boardroom, with Bill Kenwright on one side and Moshiri on the other. And I think they're both wanting different things with the manager, and I think that's a massive problem for them."

So we can assume Moshiri wants to give his man more time, possibly to the Carabao Cup Quarter-final, and Bill wants Moyes in now.

If we have this (supposed) boardroom split, why is our Director of Football (and board member) not the decisive arbitrator in this footballing matter?

Surely at this stage in Moshiri's tenure, Bill Kenwright should be nothing more than a ceremonial figure. Assigned the photoshoots with ex-Everton players, the occasional pitch ceremony, and wining and dining other clubs' directors.

Brands's role as Director of Football is all-encompassing and manager/coach performance being one of his paramount key performance indicators.

At this crucial point in the season, Brands should be giving a progress report to Moshiri (backed up by statistical evidence on the team's performance) concluding that Silva is either the guy to stick with or replace. If he is to be replaced, he should also identify the candidates to take over.

Moshiri then studies the recommendation and, if he agrees, then Brands continues in his designated role as DoF but, if Moshiri disagrees, then Brands's position is untenable. To stay after his recommendations are rejected would relegate his position to that of Chief Scout.

Bill Kenwright should not be anywhere near the decision-making process and he should be told in no uncertain terms to butt out – otherwise, he is out.

Kenwright's "Old boys network" has had its day and should not be allowed to infest the footballing structure that was set up with the appointment of Marcel Brands.

Alan McGuffog
22 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:32:13
So you just know our boys will rally to the cause. Silva will deliver a speech akin to that of Henry V before Agincourt. We'll go out and play Leicester off the park, saving something for mid week when we take down the rs at Greyskull.
Yeah right and I'll wake up next to Penelope Cruz the following day
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:35:51
Dave, if that was the case, why doesn't Moshiri sack Kenwright as chairman?
John P McFarlane
24 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:52:58
Unsurprisingly the current owners and boardroom members have been found wanting when faced with making a major decision at an extremely crucial time for the club and the team.

All the signs point to the end of Silva's reign, but as per usual, Evertonians have to endure the media's guessing games and all of the talking heads proferring unwanted and usually ill-informed opinions about everything connected with Everton Football Club.

There's a split in the Boardroom (is there?), the atmosphere at Finch Farm is like a morgue (Is it?), the manager has lost the players etc etc. I'm not particularly bothered about in-house politics or financial issues, but as an ordinary supporter, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be positive about most aspects of the club, especially when, what many of us all pay to watch, the actual football, is aimless, toothless and passionless.

Too frightened to play said Marco following the Norwich debacle, how can this be so? I saw no hungry Lions at Goodison on Saturday, quite a few angry and frustrated supporters but nothing that hasn't been seen before at Goodison, when the team fail to live up to the most basic expectations of the supporters.

It might prove a shrewd move to keep Silva in place, if he was to somehow motivate the players to win a few of the next half dozen fixtures and progress to the Semi-Final of the League Cup, but that doesn't seem likely, as much as I'd love to see it happen. Therefore not replacing Silva is as much of a gamble as appointing a new manager immediately.

Being careful and level headed is fine up to a point but dithering and allowing a cloud of uncertainity to build up could completely derail the season and might end in tears. It's still early enough to rescue the campaign, but drifting along without a word from those that matter doesn't augur well for the team and its supporters.

If anything summed up the current Everton issues, it was the sight of Schneiderlin changing his mind about playing the ball back to Pickford in the first-half last Saturday, he allowed himself to be influenced by the crowd, understandable perhaps, but a player of his experience should do what he thinks is best and not react to the frustrations of the crowd.

I hope the board do what they think is best for the club, and what is best for the club is to have a team that truly represents the fans and does its best to win football matches.

Trevor Peers
25 Posted 26/11/2019 at 17:59:04
So Moshiri wants to give his man more time, I bet blue bill burst a blood vessel when he heard the news, love to of seen them discussing that one.

Maybe now Moshiri will do what he should of done months ago after the Sheff Utd game at home and send Brands out to find a new and better manager to replace his beloved Marco.

One thing's for sure if we reach Christmas and find ourselves adrift in the bottom three, the 'Spectre' may come back to haunt us, if Brands can't find Moshiri a replacement, blue bill may yet get his wish of Xmas past.

Paul Setter
26 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:08:11
Brush it under the carpet. Big if what happens if we get results even draws in the next 2 games does that mean all this gets forgotten about??
Name me a more pathetic club..
Dave McDowell
28 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:09:44
Steve #23 because he's weak. Moshiri's not a guy for the spotlight and seems easily swayed particularly when pitted against a master (and he is a master) manipulator like Bill.

If Moshri was a dominant personality Bill would have been out the door as soon as the share agreement acquisition reached fruition.

Having said that my belief is if Moshiri was a dominant personality then Bill would never have let him near the front door at Goodison, that was never in his plan.

Everyone in a business has to rowing in the same direction, Moshiri needs to grow a pair bounce Bill out and leave it all to Brands.

Director of football = let Brands do his job.

Bobby Mallon
29 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:12:52
I don't know how it works but why is kenwright still having an influence at Everton, at what percentage can Moshiri buy all bill's shares
Dave Evans
30 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:17:06
For the mess we are in the board are culpable.
But some of the fan base need to get real. Some of the 'high aspiration' suggestions are not available or wouldn't come here.
Please don't mention Wenger and Benitez again. The word is they have just signed up for new jobs and have moved house.
Dave McDowell
31 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:17:19
John #24 ref Schneiderlin you are spot on. I noticed that as well, the ball reached him from our attack and he shaped to play it to Pickford and the crowd groaned and he hesitated and played the square ball.

To me it summed up him as a player and why I would never play the guy and probably why his “performances” will have played a crucial role in Silva getting the chop.

Neil Copeland
32 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:24:46
Maybe the board room split is Brands and Moshiri? Brands strikes me as being ruthless whereas Moshiri is a bit of a soft touch.

I'm not convinced that BK has that much influence now.

Tony McNulty
33 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:24:58
So it looks like we will plod on for the moment.

I guess there must be some sort of a rationale for what is going on, but it seems fairly impenetrable to me at the moment.

I have an idea: what about the players putting in a shift on Sunday? Some of them seem to be waiting for the next manager. And one in particular seems to treat everything with a Gallic shrug.

Mick Conalty
34 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:27:34
Looks like Moshiri wants to get his money's worth out off Silva. Maybe Moshiri thinks if he closes his eyes and does nothing we will all go away.
Mark Andersson
35 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:32:08
No surprise to me but I'm sure the footballing Gods are happy...

Only a united front will make a difference but quite the opposite threatens the future of Everton.

Getting relegated gives the excuse of not building a new ground.

The majority share holder got shut of Martinez against blue Bills wishes now it seems he is doing the same...

I have detached myself from Everton but read TW every day simply because it amuses and informs me just how mad the world is..

The very fact that the board are arguing over Moyes and Marco tells you all we need to know about were we are going... And its not up...

Beat Leister and mosh will come out and say "what a manager" then we will get twatted by the rs and blue Bill will say we need the ginger one and the whole circus that is EFC carries on.

Bill Gienapp
36 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:33:57
If it means swerving Moyes, I'm all for it. But all this talk of divided opinion in the boardroom is concerning - why isn't the situation being entrusted to Brands?
Mark Guglielmo
37 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:39:46
Dave @21 excellent and more importantly, plausible, analysis of what may be happening.

Either Moshiri brought Brands on to do exactly what you've described as a true DoF, or Brands is the Chief of Scouting as you called him. We shall see, but if the next manager is one of those "always hanging around the EPL" same-old, same-olds, it'll be clear that Brands is the latter. And then will hopefully ask to be released from his contract, since it will be equally clear that Everton wouldn't be honoring the whole "4-year building project" we've claimed.

Ian Pilkington
38 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:44:03
Absolutely disgraceful.
The only useful action taken by Kenwright during his years of mismanagement appeared to be his selling out to Moshiri.
Even more inexplicable than Silva not being sacked is why Kenwright it still on the board,
Gary Hughes
39 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:47:34
James Stewart #9
There is a world of difference between Benitez & Rodgers. Benitez, & Moyes for that matter, have both publicly disrespected us, Rodgers has done nothing of the sort & probably would have been accepted without much fuss, especially when you take into account how his current team play. The likes of Benitez & Moyes belong in another era, they"re both dour & defeatist, even Steve Bruce is doing a better job at Newcastle than Benitez did.
Brian Porter
40 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:47:50
That confirms it then. Moshiri has a death wish and wants to experience life as the owner of a championship team. There can be no other reasonable explanation for retaining Silva as manager for even another day.
Rick Tarleton
41 Posted 26/11/2019 at 18:50:56
The choice being mooted on this thread is Moshiri's man, Silva or Kenwright's choice of Moyes.
Ye Gods. That isn't a choice, it's a slow death sentence. I can't see us getting anyone of Pochettino's quality, but Howe, Dyche, Wilder are surely better than the deadly duo offered by the board.
Derek Taylor
43 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:03:04
My gut tells me that Sod's Law is about to intervene and somehow we shall beat Leicester and get a point 'over there'. Problem solved and Silva is here for the duration !
Danny Broderick
44 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:03:09
I don't see any point in giving Silva a stay of execution. It will still end in execution.

I hope, as a club, that some options are being drawn up as we speak. Bielsa? Eddie Howe? Who knows, but the tide has gone too far against Silva now. A line has been crossed. Better to just get on with it before it gets even more toxic...

Robert Williams
45 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:06:38
How many fingers do you see. ---er fingers boss.
Derek Taylor
47 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:15:09
A Brummie relative rings to tell me that my recent comparison of Everton and Aston Villa was not acute. Apparently it took the American ten years of ownership to see his club go tits up whilst it looks like our owner will see us in the second tier in just four !
Neil Copeland
49 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:26:18
The decision not to make a decision yet may prove to be the best decision.
Rory Grant
50 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:26:25
As was to be feared, there was no Plan B for Silva. Club management is completely out of their depth, just like Silva is with the team.

Gutless and cowardly way this disaster is being handled is just unbelievable. Even it is evident that there was not enough foresight or competence to prepare for this eventuality, hanging onto Silva, against the reality of league table, quality of play, against the fanbase cannot be excused.

Interim manager is never ideal but to keep hoping that Silva is somehow a better choice, is mind-blowing. The way this is going, we are in serious, serious danger of relegation.

Neil Copeland
51 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:31:11
One thing that the latest news does suggest is that either Unsworth is not interested or there is no confidence in him - maybe both.

I am hoping that that the board have someone lined up and are waiting for him to become available. If so, I am praying that Brands is doing the hiring and not Mosh or Bill. Not holding my breath though.

Derek Taylor
52 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:34:46
If Moshiri has 'first dibs' and gets to keep Silva until Xmas but his luck doesn't change, Bill will have a clear run in to appoint Moyes when it's 'his go' !

Only at Everton.

Mark Guglielmo
53 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:34:51
Rory @50, how are you so sure that we wouldn't be in "serious, serious danger of relegation" with an interim manager?
Mike Doyle
54 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:39:28
If Silva does get - and win - the next 2 games it will be the biggest comeback since Lazarus (bigger probably).
Pat Kelly
55 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:42:18
Are we living from game to game now ? If we win or get a point does Silva linger on till the next game ? It's not about the next game. It's about the past performances that have brought us to this. Silva's record is not going to change. Bite the bullet.
Brian Wilkinson
56 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:45:10
Sounds like we are waiting for the right manager, rather than bring someone in now. I for one would be prepared to wait a week or so, to try and get the right one in, instead of putting Moyes or Hughes in now.

Like others, hopefully it will be Benitez.

Danny Baily
57 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:45:21
Can't believe this. He should have been gone in January, time is a factor.

It's not acceptable for us to find ourselves in a relegation battle.

Richard Mason
58 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:45:51
Is there a stream for the U23 match?
Bill Fairfield
59 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:51:40
What's the point of having a dead man walking in charge at Leicester?
Trevor Peers
60 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:52:56
Easy answer to that one, you take a chance.
In the game of football manager. Who do you gamble on, the incumbent little boy lost loser of an excuse for a manager or pick someone with some balls to lift us up the league ? Take your pick Mark. I'd try Eddie Howe.
Steve Carse
61 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:54:03
Brian (56), yep Benitez has such a great record with poor teams hasn't he -- not. I'm with Gary (39).
Neil Copeland
62 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:55:44
A worrying thought is that somehow Silva has convinced the board that he can turn things around and still the best man for the job.
Terry Farrell
63 Posted 26/11/2019 at 19:58:29
Brian love that. Don't want Moyes or hughes anywhere near our club in any capacity for even the shortest period!
Frank Sheppard
64 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:03:26
Looks like we will lose 4-0 at Leicester, with them barely breaking sweat. We won't have many good “moments” on Sunday.
Peter Laing
65 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:06:20
This doesn't smell right. If Silva is getting a stay of execution why did he take it upon himself to take a two day break back to Portugal ? Surely after such a gut wrenching performance on Saturday the minimal requirement would have been the players reporting into training on Sunday morning for the autopsy followed by a double training session yesterday. But it wouldn't surprise me if the players and Manager have been given a two day break to reward them for their ineptitude whilst Farhad and Bill wrestle in the boardroom over their individual claim to the trainset.

Either way - a stay of execution on Moshiri's orders is inexcusable, and Kenwright's default position and modus operandi for touting Moyes are both clearly insane and will continue to alienate the fanbase. We need a lift, bump, springboard or whatever, going into December with the current set up has the hallmark of seeing Everton in the bottom three by Boxing Day.

Mark Guglielmo
66 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:13:48
Trevor @60, don't get me wrong, I'm all for taking a chance, just not a Howe-kind of chance. #teamArteta for me.

Even then, I'm acutely aware that any of these options carry with it that same risk. FWIW I don't believe we'll be relegated regardless, and that includes the gut-wrenching aspect of Silva seeing out the season.

Peter @65 Monday is not a training day, end of story. Ooooh so he went to Portugal for 2 days. Crucify him. Aren't there enough actual problems without manufacturing outrage over new ones?

Colin Glassar
67 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:17:15
Wasn't it Leicester who finished Martinez's Evertonian career?
Len Hawkins
68 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:17:27
I saw a sport post on my phone this afternoon that said both West Ham and Everton have sounded out Moyes to take over and guess where the ginger whinger prefers ? Yes you guessed it having shafted this club once he wants to do another crap on Everton FC.

If Kenwright likes Moyes so much why doesn't he ditch his Mrs and take Davey Boy to some exotic place in the middle of nowhere and live happily everafter.

Trevor Peers
69 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:19:05
Even if we beat Leicester and anything is possible in football, nothing can remove the stain on the memory of our pathetic losses against Norwich and Sheffield United and all those pityful away performances when we were expected to win but caved in without a fight.

Sooner or later you know they will return with Silva at the helm, just when you least expect it, utter humiliation. That's why he has to go.

Tony Twist
72 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:23:02
I just can't believe the names Moyes and no mark (excuse the pun) Hughes are being banded about. if these are being considered then Marcel Brands will stop being bullet proof in my eyes from now on. What is the point of having a Director of Football when he picks managers that even the uneducated fans can see are well past their best. Is he another charlatan like Walsh!
Rob Dolby
73 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:27:48
Does anyone think that a new manager would have the bounce effect for our next 6 games.

Maybe Poch has seen our fixture list and fancies coming to the rescue in January or maybe Bill and Mosh in full pantomime season are saying oh yes we will oh no we won't.

Mark Guglielmo
74 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:28:03
Tony, mate, you can't possibly think that someone like Moyes would be a Brands choice, can you? If anything it would only illustrate that Moshiri and/or Kenwright don't give a hoot what Brands thinks.
Derek Knox
75 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:30:22
Len @ 68, lol, somewhere like Blue Hawaii, where he could introduce Davey to the locals as " my precious "!
Peter Laing
76 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:30:38
Mark - why is Monday not a training day ? Because that's when the players need to rest ?? Do me a favour, they expended little energy on Saturday putting that shithouse performance in and in times of crisis then it makes sense to me that every day is spent at Finch Farm between now and next Sunday sorting this shit out and righting the wrongs. Crucify him, no not really but a proper Manager would be at Finch Farm right through from Saturday working out who he has on his side in this current squad and those that he doesn't
Dave Williams
77 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:30:43
Good point made by Peter Laing- very strange he should take a break when given two games to save his job?
The problem is that there has been no official word whatsoever from the club and it is scarcely conceivable that one of what is a very small board of directors has leaked anything. It strikes me that we are seeking to avoid another expensive interim manager and looking to get the right man.
It does surprise me that Silva is still there but maybe he has been asked to stay pending the appointment of his replacement? If so that seems like torture for him- I really don't know what to believe.
Sod's law he will do well in his next two games. Then what??
Mark Guglielmo
78 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:31:38
Peter, look, I didn't make the rules or schedule, I can only tell you that Monday isn't a training day. But whatever, be outraged, I don't care.
Mike Connolly
79 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:35:54
Dithering Moyes to dithering Everton. Benitez got it right when he called us a small club. We slagged off Benitez because of our blue tinted glasses. The way the board act we are small time. When Moyes left for United, there were a couple of games left and we let him finish the season. sounds reasonable until you discover he was also planning united targets while working for us. Now Silver is allowed to stay on until we find some one. He should have gone weeks ago. Could only happen at Everton. Spineless Board, Spineless Managers and against Norwich a spineless team. Like many blues I'm pissed off with the whole club.
James Stewart
80 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:36:15
@39 There is a world of difference Gary, Benitez has won European trophies, the rest haven't. In fact when was the last time we hired anyone in my lifetime who had won a European title. Benitez has won both!

“both have publicly disrespected us”

I'm going to assume you're about 5 years old if that is your only logic for dismissing candidates. Rogers was pretty dismissive of us in the past too, so what. It's part of the job description to win over your own fans. Do you think the rs would think twice about hiring an ex-blue if he was the best they could get? Would they bollocks.

I'm going to ignore the Bruce comment but hold that thought when Newcastle are in the bottom 3 at the end of the season.

People need to get real, there are only 3 options:

A) Stick with Silva and see the train crash into the mountain.

B) Hire a manager who is obtainable and who would organise us. Benitez, Moyes etc (Would love to add Bielsa to this list, but he never breaks his contract so forget it.) These two however unpalatable would steady the ship and get us organised. We could then go for a higher calibre of manager on our next appointment. It's no secret how Martinez capitalised on inheriting Moyes' team in his first season. That is the way forward again.

C) Hire someone with no baggage but track record either. Hughes, Howe, Dyche etc. I don't see how this is any different to Silva. We will simply be in the same position again. Hughes is scarily a very real prospect as well. His agent is in Moshiri's ear. He also represents Richarlison and Bernard.

Ten Hag, Poch and the rest wouldn't touch us with a barge pole!

Derek Knox
81 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:38:57
Maybe he took the break, because he heard that Lisbon were doing a pre-Black Friday Sale offer he couldn't refuse, backbones and Teddy Bears at knock-down prices!
Christy Ring
82 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:46:13
I see Baningime gone off injured tonight, why was he playing, should have started ahead of SCHNEIDERLIN next Sunday.
Peter Laing
83 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:47:44
You bet I'm outraged Mark, Silva is a third rate coach. He is showing the tactical nous and fight that he showed at Hull getting them relegated, the lacklustre attitude he demonstrated at Watford and now he is presiding over an absolute shit show that we witnessed on Saturday. If you don't mind me asking do you got to the game ?
Jimmy Hogan
84 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:47:54
I've never been that sure about Boa Morte as an assistant. Meanwhile Joao Pedro goes from strength to strength in Portugal.
Steve Ferns
85 Posted 26/11/2019 at 20:57:23
He's slipped a little Jimmy. 2 wins in his last 5 and a recent big defeat against Porto.

You can watch the Portuguese League for free - check their website to get the right channel on your TV: Link

Adrian evans
86 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:04:34
Stick or twist?? Arteta wasn't coming for Sun, nor was Eddie Howe, Rafa anyone else. It ain't been good and you could say Silva has been a victim of some terrible injury luck.

We sold Gueye, suffering cos of no No 9 goal scorer, but we bought Tosun for 㿈 million, and Kean for potential — not tried and tested. Go back to Niasse... it goes on and on. A mess.

Four managers and the bits and pieces of four managers' signings. But when you got a theatre impresario Bill sticking his oar into football decisions, with the owner now listening to him, what do we expect? We get a Director of Football at board meetings with Mrs Barrett-Baxendale throwing in her sixpence-worth with Marcel Brands side-lined.

Everton Football Club have become a laughing stock. 52,000 with rail seats to 60,000 at Bramley-Moore Dock?? If they don't sort it out, 10,000, even 15,000 will stop coming; no need for a new stadium.

By 26 December, Burnley we will need Big Sam no doubt. 㾶million to keep us up.

Just give Big Sam his wish. 4 years, 𧶲million – see if he can give us what he said he could.

Gavin Johnson
89 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:25:14
The fixture list seems to be the only reason why Silva hasn't been sacked already. Silva has a relatively decent record against the top six sides who want procession. That may change on Sunday if Leicester give us a thrashing. In that instance lets go for the best realistic option so that has to be the fat Spanish waiter or Arteta, and not Moyes or Hughes.
Sean Kelly
90 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:29:35
If this club goes for either Moyes or deadbeat Hughes it over and out for me. If they go the cheap route and get some knobhead wit “ potential” I'm out of here. What's the deal with billy. He doesn't own this club anymore.
It like this. If you buy a gaff and find the repairs it's your gaff. Your gaff Moshiri your rules. Now tell billy to get out he's squatting.
Jamie Crowley
91 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:38:00
This is a question for an investigative reporter probably, but I'll ask it anyhow.

Moshri owns like 70% of the Club as this point, there or thereabouts I believe. He's the majority shareholder. That would lead one to believe he's got a similar percentage weight with his Board votes?


Are the Everton Board By-Laws written as such, that each member has an equally weighted vote when it comes to the Board voting on measures and decisions?

If so, Mosh bought into an organization with his money, and now can be undermined when it comes to making decisions.

Who voted on this measure? Who, on the Board, has voting rights? If there's four members with voting rights, why in the holy hell is Everton run, and their By-Laws set up, to create ties in the voting process, and by extension gridlock?

Then(!), if the four people at this supposed meeting met, and all four have equal voting rights, how did the split go? It HAS to be, Kenwright and DBB on one side, and Moshri and Brands on the other, no?

Someone needs to dig up a copy of the Everton Board By-Laws and see what the process is.

That's the fascinating part of all this, for me.

In the meantime, we're left wallowing while the footballing world chuckles.

We have to get behind the team, we need the points. Plug your nose and cheer - loudly.

This mess portends a very ugly short-term future.

Allan Board
92 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:38:48
Just another"middle finger salute "from our erstwhile owners to its fabulous fans.
Do yourselves a favour, make sure the away end is empty at Leicester and stop going to Goodison games too.
I am not interested in how clever or rich Moshiri is, it will suit him fine not to have to fund a stadium, as Bill will be telling him he got away with it for 20 years
Treat these with the same contempt that they have always treated us. If you all truly want change at Everton, don't renew your tickets, turn Goodison into an empty arena and walk away.
Our club will be there for us again when these parasites have leeched onto something else.
I haven't set foot inside Goodison for 5 year's and won't again until Kenwright and his cronies have been eradicated from the equation.
They have took the piss once too often.
Steve Ferns
93 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:44:02
This is easily answered Jamie. Board meetings are done on a show of hands, and if there's a tie, then the chairman has the casting vote. Moshiri is not on the board, he has a representative on there.

Moshiri controls the club because he only needs 5% of the vote, to get past 75% and change things like the Articles and Memorandum of Association, and his more than 50% means he can vote anyone off the board he wants at the AGM. He can also use his shareholding to call for an EGM. I forget whether that's 50% or 75%.

Been a while since I did Company Law so I'd have to go and look it up if you want a definitive answer.

So, yes technically, the board could screw him over, but he'd simply call an EGM (emergency general meeting) and sack the board and get what he wants done.

Jamie Crowley
94 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:47:48
Forgetting the Board soap opera, Silva went home for two days.

He went home for two days.

Shouldn't he be preparing for the next game if he's going to be in charge??

They actually let him fuck off back to Portugal for a few days, leaving us a shorter time to prepare for Leicester?

Has anyone conveyed the seriousness of our position to our Manager before he left the country?

You can't make this shit up. It's negligence at it's highest level, and smacks of people who make TONS of money, sporting an attitude and just getting out of Dodge, responsibilities be damned.

When I have an important job or deadline, I've stayed in my shitty little company until 4 a.m. multiple nights to "get 'er done". One week this August, I didn't even SEE my 10 year old - he was in bed when I got home, and was off to school before I got my hefty 5 hours of sleep waking at 9 am, to go back in and work.

These people are seriously out of touch, and it's really frustrating.

Left for Portugal before a massively important game while we stare relegation in the face?

You have got to be fucking kidding me!

Rob Young
95 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:48:59
I doubt it's Silva's decent record against top teams that has him still here. Only 2 of our next 5 are at home and we all know what we are on our travels.

No new manager would want to start with this run of games. There's not much, if nothing, to gain in that run for him.

So, unless you'd let Unsworth take charge for a few weeks which would be extremely unfair on him, why not let the dead man walking suffer for a few more matches. New manager to come after those games.
Somehow makes sense.

Just hate that it would see us give up on a semi final place in the league cup.

Another thing which puzzled me on the weekend, why did the team come out much later then normal for their warming up? And when they came, it was only the 10 outfield players and the subs hardly warmed up at all.
Seemed very odd.

Steve Ferns
96 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:50:52
Jamie, there was 8 days until the next game. The players had 2 days off before 5 days training and the game.

The report that he was in Portugal came from a Portuguese tabloid, it also said that he always did this when there was a break (that doesn't mean every week). That was rubbished on here by Brian, who said he was at Finch Farm on Monday.

Jamie Crowley
97 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:51:09
TY Steve.

I've sat on one board in my entire life. My local Catholic school. It had By-Laws obviously, but the issue of money to buy into the Board clearly didn't apply. Wasn't sure how that worked.

So if I'm reading it correctly, it's Mosh clearly in Silva's corner, with others wanting him out? He must have used his vote to stop Silva from getting the sack, correct?

Dim-witted sorry.

Jamie Crowley
98 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:53:11
Steve @ 96 -

I cooled down, a little (still think they shouldn't have left after that debacle).

I'll try decaf. This whole thing has me riding a tidal wave of frustration.

Steve Ferns
99 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:57:45
No idea Jamie. I cannot see DBB and BK ganging up and trying to sack Silva if Moshiri was adamant he wanted him to stay. The board is there to do his bidding. What actually happened is anyone's guess.

If BK is really trying to get Moyes in, then he needs to be voted out at the next AGM. I hope the shareholders take him to task over that. There's an AGM coming up isn't there. That will be a real shitstorm.

As for Silva leaving for Portugal, I know I'd have been at Finch Farm. But maybe he was told by Moshiri to go home, get out the country for 2 days and get out of the pressure cooker and come back ready for training on Tuesday? Who knows?

Danny Baily
100 Posted 26/11/2019 at 21:59:36
Just imagine if Silva pulled off a miracle and got us 6 PTS from the next two. I'd still want him sacked.
Rob Young
101 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:00:28
Haha, 6 points from the next 2?
Mick Conalty
102 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:00:41
Allan #92 agree with your sentiments. Would be nice to see Mosh + Kenwright starring down from the directors box, with only Tumbling Weed and whistling wind in an empty stadium. Would serve them fucking right, after all the grief they have given the supporters.
Mike Gaynes
103 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:02:30
Jamie and Steve, I love your speculation, but you're staring at a closed door and trying to figure out what's happening behind it.

Nobody has any idea whose "side" any of the board members are on. We will find out (maybe) when a new manager is named, or at least when it becomes public that somebody was approached.

Until then, there's no way to know.

Steve Ferns
104 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:03:11
Indeed Mike. No way to know at all.
Chris Cole
105 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:16:46
Jamie @94, re wasting two of the eight days before Leicester - he had 14 days to prepare for the Norwich game but his team selection implied he'd never watched them play...

Seriously though, sometimes less is more. I remember listening to an interview with a couple of Hull players when he was managing there. They were saying how they never had a day off and it was a bit intense, but they were prepared to do it while it was working and they were winning (or not losing), but when it all goes wrong it becomes claustrophobic very quickly and maybe it's almost impossible to turn around once it goes wrong.

Maybe we're keeping him on to ensure our neighbours nearest challengers get another three points...

Paul Tran
106 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:19:05
Interesting that everyone seems to be talking about who Kenwright & Moshiri want, because it's fairly obvious, but less about who Brands wants, possibly because it's less obvious.

Maybe we're in the process of negotiating/finalising things with who Brands wants, as per his DoF role?

I know it's a bit optimistic, but you never know!

Peter Laing
107 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:21:38
Steve I can't understand how the players and Manager can be given two days off following probably one of the most turgid performances seen at Goodison Park in many a year. Maybe it's symptomatic of modern football and I'm a dinosaur - but I can't imagine many Clubs would allow such leniancy.
Brian Williams
108 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:22:51
That's not only a fair point but a very good one too.
When all's said and done none of us on here have the faintest idea about what's going on in the managerial mess.
It's all guess work and just because there's a groundswell of opinion in one direction it means nothing. There're so many rumours and most of them created for click bait purposes.

Neil Lawson
109 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:25:28
Neil Lawson
110 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:29:56
My mole at Finch Farm tells me that Silva will be driving the team bus to Leicester on Sunday. The belief is that with a new satnav, that is the only chance of Silva steering this team in the right direction.
Gavin Johnson
111 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:32:11
Interesting that Paul brings up who Brands would want for the job. I had the same thought when I read a report earlier that Benitez was being considered.

Let's face it, Rafa's a bit of knobhead but I'm now like many who would be prepared to give him a chance, because the guy knows what he's doing and we're desperate, but he doesn't strike me as someone who fits Brands choice. Someone like Arteta or Kovac would.

Peter Neilson
112 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:32:21
Peter (107) that was my initial thought then I realised what's the benefit of 2 further days coaching under Silva and Co? All the more reason for having dismissed them already.
John Reynolds
113 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:53:17
I approve this message. If it means avoiding the appointment of Mark Hughes or Moysie, then I'm all for it.

If no successors had been identified before the Norwich capitulation then that's a serious indictment of the DOF and the board. If the chosen successor has been identified but won't come until the end of the season, then we either live with Marco or go interim. The interim model has little appeal. Disruption twice over. We saw what happened under Allardyce.

Let Silva keep going until January at least. The December fixtures are not a fair introduction to hand to any new manager. Marco has been incredibly unlucky, as well as incredibly inept at times. In the immediate aftermath of Norwich (and Burnley and Sheffield Utd) it has been easy to call for his head. But after he's guillotined, what next?

There are lots of calls for “anyone but” until the alternatives are suggested, and then nobody likes them either. At the start of this season plenty of posters said they'd swap 17th place for silverware. Home game in a qf of the Carabao coming up soon...

We're not where we want to be, but all is not lost. Yet.

Mark Guglielmo
114 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:53:54
Peter @83, no, I do not go to the games as I live ~3,352 miles give or take a mile. Do you mind if I ask what that has to do with anything?

This part of your comment:
"He is showing the tactical nous and fight that he showed at Hull getting them relegated, the lacklustre attitude he demonstrated at Watford and now he is presiding over an absolute shit show that we witnessed on Saturday."

I agree with nearly 100%. But that doesn't mean he should've held a practice when it's a day off and not gone to Portugal where for all you know he has family or something.

Brent Stephens
115 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:56:08
3,352 miles. No excuse, Gugs.
Mark Guglielmo
116 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:59:03
Hey, you guys want to set up a perpetual crowdfund for me to attend home matches, I'm all in!
Rob Halligan
117 Posted 26/11/2019 at 22:59:22
Mark, most of the RS fans live that far away and they seem to make it over. As Brent says, lame excuse!! 😁😁😁
Mark Guglielmo
118 Posted 26/11/2019 at 23:01:19
That's 2 - Brent & Rob H - in for the crowdfund. Do I have a 3rd?!


Ciarán McGlone
119 Posted 26/11/2019 at 23:02:36
Moshiri is a footballing imbecile and Kenwright is a devious aul fart.

After 35 years, I'm close to calling it a day... Saturdays & Sundays are too precious.

Brent Stephens
120 Posted 26/11/2019 at 23:07:52
I'll contribute folding money, Gugs - a dime with a hinge.
Dan Humphries
121 Posted 26/11/2019 at 23:14:47
Ange Postecoglou might be free in a couple of weeks, after potentially winning another league title (this time in Japan, after his four Australian club championships, his Asian Cup win with the Aussie men's team, and his seven Australian national youth titles in his 22-year coaching career, according to Wikipedia).

I don't think he can even speak Japanese. 49.5% career win ratio. If he hits his average that'd put us 5th in the current standings. I'd take those odds.

Phil Lewis
122 Posted 26/11/2019 at 00:30:30
We have four wins, the same number as Wolves, who are fifth in the table. A startling fact? It is sobering to consider that with a little more luck our current premiership placing would be much higher and nobody would be questioning Silva's management.

I don't like zonal marking and his stubborn persistence with certain players is wearing thin. Having said that, in fairness he has also been robbed of key players through injury.

I'm relieved he has not been sacked as yet, particularly if the choice of a new manager is made from that merry-go-round of mediocrity of which Messrs. Moyse, Hughes, Allardyce, Pardew et al permanently reside. It would cost an awful lot of money to terminate his contract and what is to say that a new man could improve on the current situation.

There is no need for panic measures yet. The season is relatively young. It's not pleasant to suffer a home defeat to Norwich, but it must be said that they were well drilled and passed the ball well. They have also beaten Manchester City. These results indicate just how little there is between all of the teams below the top four.

Let us not forget that we beat all the top teams under Silva towards then end of last season. I think that the club were wrong to announce that the board are considering his position. Whether a decision has been made or not, if he is in charge of the Leicester game, then nothing should be speculated to the press regarding Silva's future. It puts him in a grossly unfair predicament.

The hounds are out for blood now. The general concensus seems to demand a new regime. I'm not by any stretch of the imagination convinced by Silva so far, but be very careful what you wish for. As it could all end in tears once more.

Brian Porter
123 Posted 27/11/2019 at 00:31:55
I won't be watching any more games as long as Silva's in charge. My angina kicks in every game now when I lose it with Silva's totally woeful ineptitude.

That man should have a health warning stamped on the back of his flasher coat. If Moshiri and the board don't give a damn about the club and where we're heading, why should we?

Jack Convery
124 Posted 27/11/2019 at 01:25:30
They could have given Unsworth and Ferguson the reigns as caretakers but as they, the board I mean haven't got a clue who to replace him with, other than David Moyes – Kenwright's dream choice, they've hung Silva out to dry and then let him carry on - you couldn't make it up.

The players won't give a toss at the weekend as they have a Zombie Manager who ain't going to be around for much longer. I hope Silva has the balls to drop completely Scneiderlin, Walcott and Sigurdsson. Play Baningame and Gordon who will relish the challenge.

Give Moise Kean a game with Iwobi given a free role between the midfield and Kean. It's a free hit as who realistically gives a chance of getting anything from the game. If Delph is fully fit play him instead of Baningime but put the kid on the bench.

Coleman, Holgate, Mina, Digne.
Richarlison, Davies, Baningime Gordon

John Reynolds
125 Posted 27/11/2019 at 01:29:34
Phil 122, another voice of reason. Good to hear.
Steve Barr
126 Posted 27/11/2019 at 01:39:06
Just an aside as this came up in the thread.

I actually know loads of “indigenous” Liverpudlians who support Liverpool and attend the games. I know a few Liverpool fans who actually live in the district of Everton. I also know loads of scousers here in Washington DC who are Liverpool fans and travel back to Liverpool as often as they can to watch Liverpool live.

Just like I do to watch Everton. As bad as we are I still plan any trip back home around an Everton home game.

Just my observation. I don't know what the split is between closet Liverpool fans and “genuine” Liverpudlian match going fans.

Does anyone know?

Jim Harrison
127 Posted 27/11/2019 at 02:28:37
With obvious candidates available, and by that I mean those who would come because if Poch would take the job I am sure we would know by now, is there any point sacking him now?

Bring Unsy in to have another stab at filling the first team with academy players to show how good they are? Float for a few weeks until anyone with a coaching badge will do and they will all know we are desperate and pull off a fat deal like fat Sam managed to score himself?

Or get in Moyes now, something that isn't the worst option as a short term option (certainly not the best and I am not advocating it) and upset a large proportion of the fan base?

Not great, so stick with t he e guy who you entrusted with a 3 year contract at least in the short term. If they lose, then nothing changes, still looking for his replacement. If he wins? Bonus, and still looking for a replacement. If they win emphatically and put in the sort of performance we have been expecting, they do it again the following week, then perhaps the manager has pulled his finger out and gets a chance until the next fuck up, by which stage there should be candidates waiting in the wings.

I reckon sacking now without a replacement would send the team spiralling. They are not in revolt against the manager like under bobby at the end. Collectively the group, including the manager are greatly underachieving, but there are no rumours are a split in the squad.

But if Silva wants to walk out at goodison again and not be rinsed by the crowd he is going to need to make some changes to the line up and at least show he has plan b or c in terms of formation. And starting Tosun? Against Norwich? I can understand schniderlin as midfield is so hit by injuries, but up front we have better options

Jay Harris
128 Posted 27/11/2019 at 03:18:48
"It is sobering to consider that with a little more luck our current premiership placing would be much higher and nobody would be questioning Silva's management."

Are you kidding me, a lot of us have been questioning Silva's management since the day he was appointed and even more so following last years debacle at Anfield and the subsequent run of form he presided over.

With this years preseason and the start of the season it has become obvious to most Evertonians that the man is not up to the job.

Now the board seem to be as useless as him because they didnt have the foresight unlike Levy to instigate change in a professional way.

Jim Harrison
129 Posted 27/11/2019 at 05:19:46
Myself 127, meant to say without obvious candidates
Derek Knox
130 Posted 27/11/2019 at 06:08:53
Jay @ 128, agree totally, while it can be said we have had some bad luck with injuries, VAR and poor refereeing decisions, it doesn't even go near to exonerating Silva's lack of leadership, lack of tactics, lack of team selection and ill- timed/combination or selection of subs.
Jim Harrison
131 Posted 27/11/2019 at 06:30:31
Jay 128

To be fair to Phil he's right in many ways. Luck has conspired against Silva with injuries to so many key players, and VAR has played its part too. You can't say for sure of course, but Brighton's penalty changed the course of the game, and the one not awarded one our way grates because this is exactly what VAR was introduced for. Against spurs there was a credible penalty shout, and a second red card late on that wasn't even given as a foul. Gomes suffering the worst injury from an innocuous challenge.

The performances have been poor, no doubt, but not in the way that teams are giving us the run around. We can't break them down, they score from a corner or break away. Not like under koeman or Bobby at the end where teams were just taking the piss out of us. It's arguable that a new coach would only require a small increase in performance to be able to turn the team around, but in fairness that applies to the current incumbent, it's just hard to see that happening now.
The difference has been that the teams we faced and lost against, with the exception of city, have taken the few chances that came their way. A mixture or poor finishing and lack of composure is the real difference between Silva a job being under threat or not. So yes, not entirely luck, but also there have been a fair few cross bar and posts this season. A matter of inches that separates a win or draw from a loss

Compare to Watford, who for large spells have just been rank. Southampton who look as lump as a lettuce, West Ham, who's performances are roundly describes as terrible.
Now look at Everton. In 9 out of the 14 games against PL opposition this season, so including Watford in the cup, greater possession in 9 of those games, including silly amounts against Villa and Sheffield Utd, both games lost.
Then, head to head in each game, shots on target. in 11 games we have had more shots on target than our opponents, twice equalled our opponents (One of those games against city, where the 8 shots on target represent the most against a Pep managed city). Only twice having less shots on target.
Stats are not the be all and end all, we can all point to poor individual performances, often repeated mistakes especially for me in regards to the quality of forward passes in the final 3rd, but these show that the team isn't in terrible shape, its just not executing the most important thing of all and take the chances when they come along.

So, undoubtedly something needs to change. And it's easiest to change the manager, especially when he seems unable to either grasp the need to change or manage to prove his method works. But it's not unreasonable to suggest that with two different results we wouldn't be having this conversation with the same ferocity, because we would be in 5th and complaining that it could be better. And yes of course, the teams we have faced are also a consideration, but against the 3 "best" teams we have faced so far arguably we have done better. City basically have better players, ultimately that was the difference. Spurs was a pretty much equal game. Wolves were lucky to be in the game because of defensive mistakes and a lack of quality finishing on our part.

Wolves have 2 points more from past 5 games and are 11 places above. We are as close to Sheffield in 6th as we are too Norwich in 18th. Of the 11 teams between us and 5th seven have a worse record in the past 5 games, one equal return and only 3 better. The difference is a maximum of two points.

A long way round to say it, but basically Silva hasn't so much presided over disastrous performances, but will end up paying the price for a criminal misjudgement by the club as a whole for not securing a reliable striker who can actually convert when the chances com his way. But he is solely to blame for not addressing the issue with set piece defending (Something that he did seem to have a grasp of it the latter stages of this season, and was indeed being praised for after 2 games this season for having such a good defensive record)
And yes, to a significant degree bad luck

Marc Hints
132 Posted 27/11/2019 at 06:39:11
Wow just seen the interview with the man city owner, more investment from America. How he talks about running a football club as a business and the plan for the next 10 years. If only Everton can do the same.
Ian Jones
133 Posted 27/11/2019 at 07:00:34
Haven't gone further back than Phil's post at 122, so apologies in advance, but the post and Jim's subsequent ones make alot of sense. Personally, am not convinced myself by Silva. Whilst he doesn't seem to help himself with his team selection and tactics, possibly can't motivate players, he is not totally responsible for the way players don't bother tracking back or simply pick up their runner or give the ball away leading to goals.
Derek Knox
134 Posted 27/11/2019 at 07:24:49
Jim @ 131, with all due respect, I agree that Everton generally have rarely had luck on their side, and that goes way before Silva's tenure. Having said that, it goes a lot deeper than just bad luck, in the case of Silva.

Luck, whether it be good or bad, is often of one's own making, there are so many instances of Silva's persistence to stick with the same players who under-performed in previous games.

Expecting to get a different outcome against different opposition, which has not been properly assessed, is just so poor and unacceptable. I have always believed that we have a decent squad of players in the main, there are a couple of exceptions.

How can the players be motivated (I know they should be of their own volition) when they see the Manager unanimated, almost motionless on the touchline with a quivering bottom lip, devoid of any direction or instruction.

I was lucky enough to see the teams of the 70's and 80's and although a lot has changed in terms of the game, rules, speed etc, and salaries (inflated) play a big part in that lack of commitment from players and Managers alike. IMHO

Silva is a sorry fit for us and should never have been appointed, maybe not his fault, but why oh why do the Board give a three year contract to someone with serial failure, the most prominent part of his CV?

Jerome Shields
135 Posted 27/11/2019 at 07:34:25
David #21

I think you are right as to what Brands role should be, but the Culture of Everton is that of pre Moshiri and Brands.

The the baffling thing about Everton is where does the power lies within Everton. Moshiri and Brands appear not to have the power to instrument changes within the Club, or maybe they have bought into the existing Culture when they arrived.

Moshiri appears to have bought the Club under terms he agreed with Kenwright, that has enabled the overall Management of the Club to have been as it has always been and continues the same under Kenwright.

Silvas appointment was a Moshiri appointment as was Brands, and was a attempt to take control of the footbal! Side of Everton, after Moshiri losing a lot of money. The appointment of Brands to the board was along those lines also. But that is as far as change goes at Everton. There is a block within Everton of further change. Moshiri power is linked to Brands and Silva progress, hence the reluctance to dismiss Silva.

So it is Moshiri/Brands v Kenwright &Co.

It's a real strange set of affairs for a Football Club to be in.

After a International break Silva having another break is a bit like being told to have a bit of a lie down.

I am beginning to think it may be foolish to take Everton seriously, they are a bunch of nutters.

Jim Harrison
136 Posted 27/11/2019 at 07:54:06
Derek 134

Not down purely to luck, I would have thought that given the amount off guff I wrote it would be obvious that I concede that, but that luck has proved to have an adverse effect. I would even say hard luck as opposed to bad, because in the case of VAR, much or the discussion since has been centred around controversial calls in our games, mostly to our detriment.

I think Christopher Lee on being called lucky made the point that the better he performed the luckier he seemed to get some certainly can't say we have earned some luck. But the whole premise of the post was to back up a claim that, with a bit of luck the table would look very different and we wouldn't be quite as wound up.

But you are right. If things are not going your way you need to create luck or fortune for yourself, and that isn't happening.

Steve Ferns wrote a piece recently about things maybe not being as bad as they seem, and in reality he isn't wrong. 6 points off 5th is hardly insurmountable especially given that the team currently sitting there were in the bottom three when we met and beat them. But perhaps to stop them getting worse we need someone with a more effective lucky charm

Phil Lewis
137 Posted 27/11/2019 at 07:55:23
My comment which you quote is taken out of context. You conveniently omitted the preceeding sentence and the stat concerning Wolves in 5th place, with the same ammount of victories as us. That was the whole essence of the post.
I clearly voiced my displeasure with Silva's tactics and team selection. But equally, I think that I made a valid argument for his defence, (as even mass murderers are required a defence Council by law!)
I think Jim#131 validates my post with his in depth analysis of the way things have played out so far. It clearly illustrates particular incidents in matches that with a little more luck, results would have gone in our favour, we would be further up the table and the knives being sharpened for Silva would still be in the kitchen drawer!
I have just watched Howard's Way. It brought back wonderful memories of halcyon days, with I would argue the greatest ever Everton team. But it also reminded me of the rubbish that Kendal initially bought when he was first appointed manager and the dreadful results which almost resulted in his sacking. The fans were screaming the same abuse at Kendal then as they are at Silva now. It is said that history often has a habit of repeating itself. In this case I hope that will prove true.
Jim Harrison
138 Posted 27/11/2019 at 08:25:50
I also have to say, casting Silva as a serial failure is a bit disingenuous. Prior to arriving at Hull he had done very well in Portugal and Greece I believe.
It's been well discussed that his time at Hull can't really be judged a failure. They were doomed, he gave them a chance.
At Watford he did what Watford do. Had a good run of form, had a bad run of form. They sack managers for fun.
His tone at Everton has unfortunately been characterised more like the latter half of his Watford spell though, and it points to him not being able to react quickly enough in recognising issues and finding ways to solve them.
For me this is why it's time to change. Not because I think he is really going to take us down, that's a pretty low standard to be held responsible in my opinion, but that I am not convinced that he will get us high enough with the resources he has at his disposal
Derek Knox
139 Posted 27/11/2019 at 08:39:26
Jim @ 136, I have never heard that quote from Christopher Lee, but definitely heard it from Gary Player (SA Golfer) when asked by an interviewer a similar question, he replied " I have found the more I practice the luckier I get".

On the subject of our position in relation to other teams in the Table at present, and the co-relation to luck. Not being a lover of statistics, it could be argued, that the next two games in which it looks highly unlikely, for us to glean any points.

The difference between us and the teams currently in fifth could/would/will be dramatically different, and should the teams who are currently below us, pick up some points, the picture could look a lot bleaker.

That is only taking the next two games as an example, we have a grim fixture list for the whole of December!

Jim, I am not getting at you personally, or anyone else for that matter, but given the fixture list we had at the beginning of our current campaign, and the possible and expected points total, which in turn have yielded the opposite, is a disgrace.

While I appreciate it is not a given in any match, that we should win, or have the right to win, the manner with which we meekly conceded, was little short of a travesty, and principally attributable to Silva, and his lack of leadership, team selection, tactics etc.

Phil Lewis
140 Posted 27/11/2019 at 08:50:31
Derek #139
You say that the manner in which we meekly concede is principally attributable to Silva, but what of the players responsibility?
I think Ian#133 is spot on when summing up the fact that Silva can't be held totally responsible for glaring deficiencies in players performances and basic errors made.
Craig Walker
141 Posted 27/11/2019 at 08:55:28
Jim @136 - I don't think we'll be 6 points off 5th place at the end of December. You have to put it into context, we are where we are having lost to all three promoted teams: two of them at home. Even our wins haven't been convincing. We are leaking goals and not scoring. That doesn't bode well. Something needs to change.
Mal van Schaick
142 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:04:16
I hope he can turn it around and prove himself as a good manager and put Everton back where they belong in a good league position and challenging for trophies.

However, I think that Leicester are proving under Rogers that they are a better quality team and they'll have home advantage and may spell the end for Silva.

Derek Knox
143 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:08:54
Phil @ 140, good point there, and yes the players do have some culpability. They should have a bit more pride and motivation for their own sake, but someone mentioned on another thread, and he was right.

Apart from Tom Davies, none of these highly paid players are Everton supporters. So apart from contractual obligation, have little interest whether we win or lose, they will still pick up an immoral amount even after tax, and definitely not commensurate with effort expended.

That is maybe a harsh way to look at things, but I doubt it is very far from the truth, in addition to a lack of direction, game plan, and psychological motivation.

Howard Kendall Mk1 often opened the window to let the team hear the baying and fervent fans, anticipating their heroes arrival into the arena, usually with a comment to the effect, these fans have travelled all this way in their hundreds/thousands to support you, don't let them down.

Could you imagine Silva putting his knitting or his Teddy Bear down and doing the same? We want a man to lead us not a whimpering, quivering lipped, excuse making shadow of a Manager.

Phil Lewis
144 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:10:49
May I just add fuel to this fire by suggesting that Jagielka was possibly released a season too early? Would we have leaked the same goals had his invaluable experience been available to us? Certainly an old head (even lacking a little pace) is needed right now to steer this sinking ship to calmer waters.
Another managerial misjudgement perhaps. But whose? Silva's? Brand's? Kenwright's? All three? The plot thickens!
Ray Robinson
145 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:30:15
Phil #144, I totally agree. Even at his advanced his age, he was arguably our best defenderc- certainly the canniest. Also, a bit of our "essence" disappeared when he left.
Franny Porter
146 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:30:56
My guess is he will be here till the run of seemingly unwinnable fixtures is over.

I reckon just before the Arsenal game.

Then Moyes will appear and I will throw myself off the Pier Head.

Derek Knox
147 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:32:48
Phil, @ 144, let's be honest Jags has been a great servant to the Club and will never be forgotten, but in his last few outings for us, he did make too many errors.

It is only recently that he has actually played for Sheffield United, and okay he played a blinder for the most part against United. I don't think I regret the Club letting him go.

Which brings me to the next related point, many people on here, myself included wanted Kurt Zouma to join us permanently, okay because of the Transfer Ban, Chelsea would not risk losing a player of his experience.

They were however, amenable to letting Fikayo Tomori join us on loan till the summer, David Luiz scuppered that deal when he jumped ship to Arsenal. In all fairness to Brands, we did try to get Marcos Rojo, who was willing to join us at that late hour, but United couldn't/wouldn't agree terms.

I know this is based on hypothesis but just say we had managed to get either Zouma/Tomori or Rojo, and he had been significantly injured like Gomes (highly unlucky but possible), we would have had to soldier on with the players at our disposal. So that cannot be used as an excuse either.

I believe we have enough players at our disposal to have achieved better results, but Silva will rarely deviate from his boring team selection which clearly isn't working, that is one of the many things that has alienated fans towards him.

Phil Lewis
148 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:44:02
Derek 147#
I'm under no illusions that Jagielka is at the very end of his career. But let's not forget that he played in some of those matches in that good run at the end of last season against the top teams. We kept clean sheets (apart from that awful Fulham game). His performances were solid, as was for Sheffield Utd at the weekend against Man Utd.
I'm simply saying we let him go a season too early. We could definitely use his experience right now.
Mick Conalty
149 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:44:58
Always wondered what it would be like to be a Notts County fan as opposed to being a Notts Forrest fan. Now I know.!!!!! 🤪
Steve Ferns
150 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:55:34
Derek, if only Brands had signed Smaldini. We were offered him but turned him down. Much to the joy of many on here. Smaldini is having a great season under the other Portguese coach who almost joined us (Paulo Fonseca): Link
Rick Tarleton
151 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:55:49
Aguero, Vardy, Mane, Kane, Lacazette, Abraham's. Players who consistently put the ball in the net. Apart from our zonal marking and our unbalanced midfield we haven't a striker who snaffles up the half chances. Hence our possession often counts for less than it should. Players don't have to be born and bred Evertonians to care, think Alan Ball, Peter Reid(actually born a red) or Duncan Ferguson.

We do seem to have a right bunch of dilettantes in our team at the moment. We also have a manager who does not appear to be capable of motivating such players. The carrot is always better than the stick, however, when speaking quietly you do need to carry a big stick.

Silva really is a dead man walking, Moyes was never the answer and is even less so now.

Would Arteta come? Everton is not an easy posting, he may prefer to wait in Manchester. Howe, doesn't tick all the boxes, but on meagre resources, has done well to keep a team that is traditionally third tier in the Premier League. Wilder seems to be a motivator, though largely unproven. Let's face it Simeone and Pochettino are not riding to our rescue.

There's always Pulis, Allardyce, Mark Hughes, David Moyes, Steve McClaren. I just honestly.

Jim Harrison
152 Posted 27/11/2019 at 09:56:55
Derek. 139

Didn't think you were mate. All good.

And I agree that things are not right, so probably need a change. But was backing up Phils point. Had luck been kinder we could very easily be in a very different position, and whilst it is easy enough to apply that to every team what silva can point to is that in most games this season we have actually been the better side but have not been good enough at taking chances.

So, bigger picture, an incoming manager will find a squad with plenty of talent and to get them back on track isn't some kind of miracle work.

I am not going to fact check my quote, but I believe it was in answer to a question posed fairly late in his career when he was in films like the lord of the rings, Star Wars and willy winks. All fairly high profile for a cult actor

Ray Roche
153 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:02:44
Phil@144, and others.
It's surely possible that Jagielka, at the end of his contract, wanted to leave and return to Sheffield. Maybe there's a promise of a coaching opportunity for him in the near future at his boyhood club. Yes, he can still do a job but maybe not week in week out. He was starting to take criticism from the Everton “faithful “ on TW and elsewhere when he made a mistake because he was “past it”.
There is not always a reason to apportion blame for an event etc.
Maybe he just felt it was the right time to go. Correctly as it happens.
Jim Harrison
154 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:05:21
Craig 141

I agree, thats why I think we should change

Jim Harrison
155 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:12:20
Jag isn't the answer.

The players we have should have been good enough, thats why Silva should go now, because even if there are issues with the squad we should be doing better

In most seasons we would expect to lose to Villa, Norwich and Sheffield Utd. A draw would be a disappointing result, but more often than not we wold get at least 3 points from across those games. Again, 3 points more would put us in 10th. 3 draws or 1 win.

The fact that we couldn't even score a single goal against those 3 teams is damming. Not good enough

Conor McCourt
156 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:17:56
Derek I made the point yesterday that people are excusing Brands for being duped by Chelsea and not being held to ransom by United and that's a legitimate view if that's how they see it.

For me what smacks of amateur hour is that any decent negotiator would have kept Jags until the deal with Timori/Zouma went through. This is what keeps most deals at any club held up is that that you never want to leave your cupboard bare.

We know Jags is past his best but his experience and leadership would have been handy now.

Steve Ferns
157 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:26:52
Ray, I don't believe Jagielka did want to leave. All the indications were that he was desperate for a new contract. Otherwise the comments attributed to Jagielka in this article make no sense: Link

I would agree that it was best at the time that Jags leave, as it looked like we'd get Timori at least, and the 5th choice spot was better going to Gibson or Feeney.

Phil Lewis
158 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:28:37
At the risk of being slaughtered on here, especially if the upcoming results go against us, I would give Silva until Christmas to turn things around. If he fails, have a new boss in place for the January window. We will only be at the halfway stage of the season. Who knows? We could conceivably have good cup runs and have a respectable league placing by then. Oh ye of little faith!!
Steve Ferns
159 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:29:57
Conor, whilst I agree with what you say, Jagielka's contract expired and he was free to negotiate a deal with Sheff United so there was nothing we could do to keep him in the bag in case we needed him. Don't forget his contract ended at the end of June and the window closed at the end of August. Brands knew Jagielka was gone and had 2 months to replace him. Personally, I don't think Jagielka needed replacing, as long as we replaced Zouma.
Conor McCourt
160 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:51:17
Steve while I understand what you are saying Jags and Baines were both desperately waiting on the club. If Jags was told we are trying to get Zouma in if it works you are free to leave.These players who love the club want what's best for it. He would have known also being a free agent he wasn't constricted to the window.
Phil Lewis
161 Posted 27/11/2019 at 10:57:11
I've just read that we have been linked with Jorge Jesus as a potential managerial successor to Silva. May I suggest that the Good Lord Jesus himself would have his work cut out with this lot!
Ray Roche
162 Posted 27/11/2019 at 11:04:15

Steve, Fair comment, but he also says that

“It was my decision to want to keep playing football “ so in the absence of an offer he was a free agent. It seems to have worked out ok for him.

Bob Parrington
163 Posted 27/11/2019 at 11:14:19
From where did the suggestion that we should take Mark Hughes as the replacement for Silva. No way. Even worse than Moysee.

Looks like Steve Ferns is bringing some steadiness in to this thread. Needed! Me thinks most of us are just totally frustrated with the whole issue of EFC just now!

David McMullen
164 Posted 27/11/2019 at 12:30:20
I reckon Moyes will come in some time next week. Exactly what day hmm, an educated guess I don't think it will be before the middle of the week. Then arms in the air Moyes-iah on the pitch at Goodison..

Read this yesterday totally agree with Brian (3).

Paul A Smith
165 Posted 27/11/2019 at 13:03:59
Jorge Jesus or whatever his name is linked now. What a name. The guy that stuffed us with Benfica.
Clive Rogers
166 Posted 27/11/2019 at 13:07:25
The real problem is the board. How long ago is it since we had banners and aeroplane trailers saying "Kenwright and Co, time to go"? Well he is still there and as much an influence as ever, apparently.

He has brought in an owner who is struggling as badly as he did, if not worse, even with cash injections of hundreds of millions. Our problems won't be solved by bringing back an old manager or a new one. It is change at the top that is needed.

Mark Guglielmo
167 Posted 27/11/2019 at 14:10:42
Paul @165 was it Jorge who stuffed us, or was it that Moyes had literally no answer for Di Maria? Pretty sure he had 4 perfect assists that day.

Others, regarding the talks around luck, and stats, do any of you place any stock in modern statistics?

This is a great breakdown of what the table would look like if "everything had gone as normal" (meaning all team's performances were closer to the expected mean, without outliers).

So in addition to Everton drastically not performing to expected results, nearly every team currently above us in the table is drastically outperforming to expected results. Put another way, that's a double whammy. It reflects a 2019 season where if something could go wrong for Everton, it has. Conversely, if something could go right for most other teams, it has.

Don't think it doesn't reveal some glaring issues, namely that we don't capitalize on chances created, or finish effectively. Or that we give up an inordinate number of goals compared to quality chances. But you cannot discount that hitting a post instead of being 3 inches to the left, or an opposing keeper making a brilliant save, or Pickford letting a dead ball set piece go through his hands, have had a massive impact on where we find ourselves. In short, we've been massively unlucky whereas most everyone else has been massively lucky. I don't need to tell anyone here that a few more goals scored and/or a few less goals conceded would have us in a very, very different place (5th place, actually).

And all of this is even with Marco's terribly perplexing lineup decisions! If you dig further into individual player performances, several of our best performers (based on expected results) haven't played or played consistently: Iwobi, Sidibe, Kean (yes, Kean even in his limited, irrational minutes).

Law of averages should mitigate this as each matchday happens, even with a more difficult schedule left. Nothing will change upcoming results against City, the RS, probably Chelsea & Leicester, maybe United, but Arsenal, Spurs, and FFS Sheffield deserve to be beneath us.

Of course, many think these stats/metrics are hogwash, so make of them what you will.

Steavey Buckley
168 Posted 27/11/2019 at 14:28:31
Silva to remain in charge for Leicester game. Why, to decide he is the worst Everton manager or the best manager Everton have ever had? I would have thought his record over the past season should have seen him sacked last Saturday for fielding a team which would have difficulty beating the Everton under 23s. The Everton last Saturday made the Norwich City team look like world beaters.
David Pearl
169 Posted 27/11/2019 at 14:45:57

Makes no sense does it. I mean if we win 5-0 l'm guessing he will then get another stay of execution. If we lose will he go just before the derby game? Either way if he stay I'm sure there will be blood.

If we do beat Leicester how will he do it? Will the players all raise their games? Will we get another couple injuries that force his hand? Or will he change his tactics, and then revert back again.

He never changes a winning team. Since we lost the last game l can guarantee changes. The reception he will get will surely be toxic. Especially if (when) we concede first. I don't get why Moshiri is putting him through this.

Steavey Buckley
170 Posted 27/11/2019 at 15:07:20
David, although, it could also be said, does Michael Brands have a future at Everton, because he must take some of the responsibility for the debacle at Everton?
Paul Cherrington
171 Posted 27/11/2019 at 15:55:33
I really do not get the negative attitude which some fans have towards David Moyes returning or the man in general. Everyone seems to blame him for taking a once-in-a-lifetime offer to step up a level in his career when he went to Manchester Utd – why is that so bad? It's not like he didn't give us years of loyal service before that and took us on leaps & bounds from where we were when he arrived.

Let's put it this way – if another company who was a global leader in your field came to you and offered you lots more money to do the same job, would you say no? If people are being honest, most would take the new job and say thanks for everything to their old one. People should be thanking Moyes for what he did for us. I remember the state we were in when he turned up and the passion & respect he put back into our club should be applauded.

Funny enough, I think that the club is at a similar low ebb now as when Moyes took over from Smith. No passion, no desire, players who don't put a shift in or give a monkey's. Moyes sorted it out the last time and he could do it again. This is what we need right now – someone with passion who can make us tough to play against and hard to beat; someone who can build a defence who can defend and give us a platform to start winning from again.

Going from Silva to some unknown foreign coach or untried hopeful is too big a risk to take now. We need a steady hand in with Premier League experience who knows how to start picking up points and fixing our team's weaknesses quickly. Don't get me started on Eddie Howe either – the man has had many years in the Premier League and still can't set a team up to defend properly. That is not what we need right now – we have someone like that already in Silva.

Mark Guglielmo
172 Posted 27/11/2019 at 15:56:40
Hi Steavey, I gave a much more elaborate explanation in another thread, but in short, Brands either needs to be allowed to do the job he was presumably hired to do - make football club-related decisions - or quite frankly, he should request them to terminate his contract so he can go to a club that understands the intersection of business and football.

If Brands role & responsibility is to manage all aspects as they relate to football (recruitment, contracts, manager, etc.), but reports to a CEO who's both unqualified and ignorant about football, then what power does he really have? Either Everton the business trusts him to do his job for Everton the football club, or he's one voice in a sea of entrenched 'yes men/women' who've been rotting the Club from the top down for decades.

I can't think of a single successful business model in the world - this includes sports franchises - where the Board would meddle with day-to-day operations. A Board of Directors sole responsibility is to evaluate and hold accountable the CEO. Only the CEO is on the Board! Brilliant!

Mike Dolan
173 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:26:14
If the board are even considering Moyes as an interim perhaps with an option then they are clueless. It would alienate half of the support who are already at the end of their tether. It would also be traveling along the well-trodden path of Allardyce.

But isn't Moyes the boss that would constantly play perhaps the best centre-mid in the team's recent history (Arteta) as a winger? No thanks. What we don't need is Kenwright, the ceremonial goat, picking the Manager – that decision should only be made by Moshiri and Brands together. There is no rush, just get the right man.

John Pierce
174 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:49:47
Any stop gap undercuts Brands. The whole point is he's in charge of football. It seems like Moshiri instead of signing off on a choice Brands presents is asserting himself.

Maybe Moshiri feels this way because Brands wasn't prepared for the disaster which was as clear as night follows day.

If Moshiri does go for an interim, Brands may as well pack his bags, as what would be the point?

Moshiri needs to get smart quickly and get real because tenure has been nothing short of a failure to date.

David Pearl
175 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:53:40
Mike, you know too we'll surely that he played Arteta as a winger for a while so he could get up to speed. He also played well there but once settled in he was moved to the middle when deemed strong enough. Same as when he played Lescott as left back.

As an interim manager he makes a lot of sense. Long term maybe a different story. I'm pretty sure if given the reigns he'd do a good job and represents better odds in doing so that any other stop gap we could get.

Mark Guglielmo
176 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:54:03
Which of the following 2 hypotheticals would you choose:

1) Keep Silva until end of season, finish 16th, but win the Carabao Cup
2) Sack Silva immediately, finish 8th-10th, no Cup, but with the potential for a high-quality permanent signing by summer

Ian Lloyd
177 Posted 27/11/2019 at 18:07:16
Number 2 for me, Mark!
David Pearl
178 Posted 27/11/2019 at 18:11:30

I'd go for option C. Sack Silva now. Get a proactive manager with more than 2 brain cells, even if it's short term. Try to win both derbys, the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and achieve a top 6 finish.

I'd like to see Silvas Football Coach NVQ Level 1 certificate that's on his fridge. I'm betting though it's from the Steve Ferns Soccer Academy. Surely that shouldn't be enough to even get the Southport job.

Mark Guglielmo
179 Posted 27/11/2019 at 18:17:13
David, you may as well send that list to Santa Claus. :)
Brian Ronson
180 Posted 27/11/2019 at 18:18:33
If I was Brands, I would be meeting with players and saying "If you have any respect for Silva, then pull your finger out because the only way to keep him in the job for another week is to beat Leicester."

I realise effort is not enough and we can be beaten anyway; however, the Club are in such a state, we need to use whatever we can. If, in the unlikely scenario that we win, he would be in charge for the derby.

Paul Jones
181 Posted 27/11/2019 at 18:21:07
I reckon we shave Silva's head, stick a fake beard on him, drug him up and then drop him outside Molineux. Then, once Arsenal employ him, we can jump in and unveil the real Nuno Espirito Santo as our new gaffer.
David Pearl
182 Posted 27/11/2019 at 18:38:26
Paul, we don't need to drug him up. Just ask him a football question and he will stand there with his eyes glazed over.
Dave Evans
183 Posted 27/11/2019 at 18:48:28
Paul @171, I agree about Moyes.

He turned the club around in the early days. Made good signings and gave us some good times. Things went predictable and stale and he grabbed the Man Utd job when it came.

I think employing him will be a backward step but I don't understand the antipathy even nastiness towards him on here.

Mark Guglielmo
184 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:13:41
Dave (above) while I can't speak to any antipathy or nastiness as it hasn't been from me, my guess is that regardless of what situation he came into in 2002, that's now 17 years ago. And when he left in 2013 to go to United, even that was 6 years ago.

Based on Paul's post that you agreed with, it seems to assume that businesses, or the industries they operate in, remain stagnant without change. I can't imagine that's the case, so your admission that it would be a backward step is probably just being voiced much more vociferously by others. Just a guess. Probably not helped by his abysmal record since leaving (~30% win percentage, getting Sunderland relegated).

Frank Sheppard
185 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:18:43
I think Moyes did a great job for us, so good in fact, that we tend to forget just how bad things were before he took over. Got to be the best manager since Kendall Mk 1. Not that I think he is the answer now.

But I cannot see us getting 6 points between now and January, so we will definitely be bottom 3 over Xmas.

Brian Ronson
186 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:18:45
Moyes seems to be blamed for "running his contract down". There is always two ways to look at things. I would say that he honoured his contract. I remember when he had been appointed by United in the fag end of his Everton contract he was still doing his best to leave things in good order.

None of this means that people aren't entitled to hold the view he shouldn't be appointed. Surely, however he deserves some modicum of respect. Certainly more than Messrs Martinez, Fat Sam and Silva who each in their own way have contributed to the crisis situation we now find ourselves.

Mark Guglielmo
187 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:26:39
What about Koeman, Brian, didn't he contribute to the crisis too (Walsh, too, for that matter)?
Jay Harris
188 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:28:22
Paul and Dave,
I supported Moyes when he was here and praised the job he was doing in very difficult circumstances.

However to go hobnobbing with SAF while still under contract at Everton and then concocting a plan to take the job when SAF retired denying Everton any compensation stinks.

But when you follow that with him coming to take our best players on the cheap telling them they could do a lot better than Everton finished him with me and many other Evertonians.

It turned out he needed Everton more than they needed him.

Brian Ronson
189 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:32:46
Mark (187) you are right Mark. I stand by comments about Moyes
Mark Guglielmo
190 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:36:30
Oh I don't think anything you said was wrong, or unfair, Brian (189), just wasn't sure if you were letting Koeman/Walsh off the hook.
Dave Abrahams
191 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:43:30
Brian (186), he was allowed to carry on by his mate Kenwright, he really should have been shown the door as soon as he, eventually,told the club the news of his intention to join United. Kenwright allowed him to award new contracts to Everton players, how ridiculous was that.

I didn't blame him for joining United,I was overjoyed he was going, I'm on a downer now at Everton's predicament, I'll be on a bigger one if Moyes comes back, he's yesterday's man, look at at his last four terms as a manager.

Brian Ronson
192 Posted 27/11/2019 at 19:56:57
Dave (191) No problem with you not liking him or not wanting his return. Just feel the man made a significant contribution to Everton over many years when budget was an issue. Signing of Arteta and Cahill come to mind as well as 4th finnish. Contributed far more than any of the people who followed.
Tony McNulty
193 Posted 27/11/2019 at 20:00:34
Jay - you can add to that his allegedly patronising comment when initial transfer moves were rebuffed:

"Oh, I know how things are done at Everton."

I took a day out today to go shopping with the War Department. As a change from the normal Christmas music, they were playing an Elton John tune which struck me as quite apposite to current events at GP:

"It's a sad, sad situation. And it's getting more and more absurd."

Gary Hughes
194 Posted 27/11/2019 at 20:11:28
James Stewart #80 I think being publicly disrespected is quite important, you clearly don't, we'll have to agree to disagree about that one. For me Benitez has done nothing for years, nobody wants him which why he went to Newcastle & why he's now in the middle of nowhere. As for his European successes I might be biased but I think he was nothing more than a poxy twat at both Liverpool & Chelsea seeing as both his teams were more or less taken to the cleaners in each final before getting lucky. Then again I am only 5 years old so what do I know.
Ken Kneale
195 Posted 27/11/2019 at 20:12:29
Jay - a very balanced view. He did do well but only up to a point. At no time before the Kenwright era would 11 years without a sniff at a trophy and bottling it in big games, and at times very negative football been tolerated - now it seems venerated by some fans - it shows how far we have fallen that such an era is regarded as the high water mark. We are a big club and we need to get back to thinking big.
Andy Crooks
196 Posted 27/11/2019 at 20:15:45
Paul @ 171. The manner in which Moyes left our club was underhand, deceitful and demonstrated that he was utterly devoid of integrity. That is actually discounting the fact that he was at best an average coach. He has demonstrated that since.
No other team in the Premier league will ever appoint him. If we do, it will be one of the most shameful moments in our history.
Danny Baily
197 Posted 27/11/2019 at 20:21:58
Ken 195, we're a big club headed for some time in the wilderness of the Championship. It's been coming for three years now.

We'll look back on this time as a time in which we could have taken action to preserve our Premier League status.

Christine Foster
198 Posted 27/11/2019 at 20:35:00
Review the past 10 years and just change the managers names.. the result is the same, the comments are the same, the frustration is the same. The only difference is that Kenwright is a multi millionaire, he got what he wanted, someone with money and no clue how to run a football club. Left him in charge so I ask all of you, what the hell did you expect to change?

This vicious cycle has got to stop. We won't go down. But we won't change unless there is real change at the top. That means Kenwright goes, Moshiri appoints a ruthless team devoted to success. The job goes to the best candidate, not an ex player.. unless he or she is the best for the role. We may have the money but not the acumen to use it well. That has to change.

Yet another seasons hopes lie in tatters. We need some steel on the pitch, the boardroom and senior management. We need winners instead of nearly men.

Tony Williams
199 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:01:58
Moyes? Please – NO, NO, NO, NO, etc.
Joe McMahon
200 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:18:22
Arsenal interested in Nuno Espirito Santo from Wolves, Everton take note! Do Arsenal not fancy Moyes? No... so why should Everton?
Dave Abrahams
201 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:21:16
Brian (192), I have no problem with liking Moyes, each to his own. You say he did well when budget was an issue, well Brian the budget wasn't a problem when it came to Moyes' wages, he was well looked after, and made sure that he was, he must have earned close to, or more than £15M in the time he was here.

In my opinion he was never a top class manager and how he got the United job is a mystery to many, the job proved too much for him, same as his time in Spain, at Sunderland, the WHU fans didn't like him or his football and WHU let him go, now apparently they want him back, paper talk!!, I'd love that to be true and they get him, save me having to fight for my season ticket money back.

Dave Abrahams
202 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:23:38
That should have read,201), I have no problem with you liking Moyes.
Joe McMahon
203 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:30:49
Dave @201, I can't be 100% sure but his last few seasons at Everton he was on about ٢ million a year. He was one of the highest paid in the Premier League and Europe. Before anyone says I'm talking crap, again I'm not 100% sure.
Brian Ronson
204 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:42:30
Dave (201), I didn't say he was my choice, though he did keep West Ham up which is the job description for any interim manager to the end of the season. I just have a more balanced view than you.
Peter Neilson
205 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:51:06
Joe (203) yes that's the reported figure at the time. Ancelotti on about £5m at Napoli but no doubt aiming too high. Neil Warnock available for petrol expenses from Cornwall.
Joe McMahon
206 Posted 27/11/2019 at 21:57:37
Thanks Peter, a bit scary really. Christ when you take into consideration the payout from Man Utd that's a hell of a large bank balance.
David Pearl
207 Posted 27/11/2019 at 22:12:57
Has any body seen my phone?

I've just realised that we play Leicester Sunday and then the shite on Wednesday. Doesn't give much time for a turnaround of manager if we get spanked live on sky Sunday. This season is torture. I didn't think it could get any worse than the Koeman – Unsworth - Allardyce season... Should know better by now.

Aarron Stobie
208 Posted 27/11/2019 at 22:14:16
I think Silva knows he needs to beat Leicester to remain Everton manager. However, I think we all know that is not going to happen. With the likes of Moyes, Jorge Jesus, and Eddie Howe in the wings there is only one option to keep this club in the Premier League and restore order to the team: that is sadly David Moyes.

He brought some good times to us signing in 2002 and keeping the club in the Premier League, but the club and league has changed a lot since he left in 2013 and he won't be a viable long-term option. He won't be allowed to spend much if any money in January and will be fired in the summer.

Who will replace him then? I don't know and I don't think anyone does considering the lack of current alternatives. For now, I think Moyes will be the most sensible option amongst others and will be appointed on Tuesday with Silva sacked on Monday.

Ken Kneale
209 Posted 27/11/2019 at 22:22:36
Joe - Everton will not take note. We have a dysfunctional board lacking any form of business acumen for football and any semblance of genuine leadership.
John Boon
210 Posted 27/11/2019 at 22:30:04
From reading all the posts it is obvious that the management are grasping at straws and have been for between five and twenty years. It all depends on an individuals perspective. At the present time the only thing that is a positve are the fans. It is always difficult to remain as such, and with displays like Norwich the positive support from disgruntled fans will also ebb.

At the present time I personally don't have a clue as to the next appointment for manager. However no appointment should be given a contract beyond the end of this season. It is idiotic to dole out four year contracts in the wild hope that they MAY be successful. I wonder how many of the last five managers are still being paid by Everton for doing nothing.

Dick Fearon
211 Posted 27/11/2019 at 23:59:41
As Silva could say, 'The crowd were right behind me... all the way to Lime St Station.'
Mark Guglielmo
212 Posted 28/11/2019 at 00:24:19
John @210, I think the challenge there is that any good manager worth his salt would 100% insist on a 4-year contract, which seems to be the norm in this day & age. So if Everton wouldn't be willing to do that, they can scratch the chances of a good manager off their wish list. And on we go...
Billy Bradshaw
213 Posted 28/11/2019 at 01:24:30
Went out tonight to my local for a couple of pints. As usual, when the others play in the Champions League, it's full of them.

What gets me is they take for granted that everybody else in the pub is red.

While at the bar ordering a drink, two of them were talking about the result: 1-1, so it seems they are not worried about the Champions League this season as long they win the Premier League and the iceing on the cake 'the others' get relegated.

I wonder if Marco, Bill, Marcel and Little Miss Dynamite know what it feels like to be the iceing on the cake, like I did tonight?

Mark Guglielmo
214 Posted 28/11/2019 at 01:50:58
Well Billy, PSV Eindhoven won 3 Eredivisie titles & qualified for the CL 4 times, so ONE of those 4 knows full well.
Ken Kneale
215 Posted 28/11/2019 at 06:25:47
In that case mark, there seems to be little or no evidence of osmosis
Jonathan Tasker
216 Posted 28/11/2019 at 08:13:34
Please can someone explain to me why Kenwright is still stinking the place out?

In other news when will the club announce that they are not applying for planning permission this year?

My prediction is that this news will get buried on Xmas Eve.

Colin Maughn
217 Posted 28/11/2019 at 08:46:39
Andy @196,

That is exactly how I feel In relation to Moyes. I don't want us to go down. I agree that Silva has done some crazy things and he is not the one to take us to the next level. However, I would like the board to find a good replacement before he is sacked and not sack him then to find the replacement.

What's the general feeling about Arteta?

Laurie Hartley
218 Posted 28/11/2019 at 09:05:00
“According to media reports”. So no official comment from the club. What a mess to be in going into a game away to a rampant Leicester.

It's down to the players whether we come out of this one with any shred of what's left of our pride – that will tell us a lot about them.

Unless of course an announcement or an appointment made today or tomorrow.

Bob Hughes
219 Posted 28/11/2019 at 09:40:05
So we have 3 wise men - Moshiri, Kenwright and Brands witnessing the arrival of the new messiah.

And we lose the donkey (Silva). It has been recorded in the Chronicles of Goodison Park that there will be a new Star striker in January and written by the prophets that this new messiah will rid us of the Red enemy at our gates. Hallelujiah and Amen.

Brian Wilkinson
220 Posted 28/11/2019 at 12:54:19
As it goes I cannot recall another time when Everton had sod all chance at Anfield, by that I mean even at our lowest, we still thought we might nick even a draw there.

Can you Imagine all the confidence the Reds have, the going down wall of sound echoing big Duncs Derby, there is absolutely no way we should get anywhere near them, the way our form and confidence is.

But a very big but, we have nothing to lose, can you imagine if we turned up for once, got the tactics right and stopped them picking up three points, not much chance it happening, but with a manager who our neighbours hope is in the dugout, just imagine stopping them, even a bloody draw, small salvation but at least it would put them back under their rocks for the following week.

Our neighbours have so much to lose and nothing to gain.

Can anyone think of a better time to turn up at Anfield and shut the shite up.

Brian Wilkinson
221 Posted 28/11/2019 at 13:00:09
Adding to my above comment, nil nil 93rd mins, mid flow of ynwa, Siggy shanks a free kick going well wide til it hits Van dykes backside diverting it the other way, goalie flat footed can only watch it crawl over the line, then the ref blows full time after Silva has left the field of play after doing a moon walk in front of klipperty.
Stan Schofield
222 Posted 28/11/2019 at 13:00:56
Billy@213: Liverpool supporters have been unhappy for a long time, mainly because of a trophy drought (not as bad as ours, but bad). They know they won the booby prize last season (a ‘Champions League' final where neither of the finalists has won their domestic league in the modern era). They are desperate to win the Premier League, and if they don't they'll have further real mental issues.

This week, one of them remarked to me about Everton. He seemed obsessed with us. I said to him, if we were at the top of the league competing for a title, I wouldn't be giving Liverpool a second thought, I'd be pretty much focused on us. I also said that the best team in the Premier League is Man City, a class above in terms of quality of football and entertainment, just like us in the 60s and to some degree in the mid-80s.

They hate that, being told they've never played great football, just workmanlike and direct, dating from Shankly, that they've never had a Holy Trinity or a Golden Vision, or a White Pele. That they have problems, focusing on us rather than themselves.

There's always a way to shut them up, whether it's the above or the nonsense they talk about Hillsborough.

Steve Ferns
223 Posted 28/11/2019 at 13:02:33
Brian, it is very Everton to do something to lure you back just when you're about to give up on them. It's the hope that kills you.
Tom Bowers
224 Posted 28/11/2019 at 13:25:11
As things are at the moment Evertonians can only dream of a victory in any of the upcoming league games and an absolute miracle in the RS game.

Even if a new boss takes over after Sunday expect more of the same.

I cannot see the point of bringing in Moyes even as a stop-gap. The man was consistent at Everton for ten years with little to spend but it was all based on defensive football and was going nowhere. After that, he has been a proven failure not a Svengali.

This whole squad needs a firm kick up the backside both from a strong captain and coaching staff. The desire and intensity is missing.

They will struggle defensively against the likes of Vardy and Perez on Sunday because too many players show pedestrian qualities and are easy to counter against.

The board are to blame for not dealing with this situation earlier but probably thought they would get through until the injured players returned. However, apart from the Gbamin injury the team were not doing well even with Gomes, Bernard and Delph. The Iwobi and Kean problems have affected the whole scenario too.

On reflection, many will say that Silva hasn't had much luck but I think over a season many teams have adversities and the strong rise above them which unfortunately hasn't happened to Silva and that is down to his ineptitude at this level.

Mark Guglielmo
225 Posted 28/11/2019 at 17:16:39
Ken @215, OR, he was allowed to carry out the responsibilities of his job. I know where I'm placing my wager.

Bob @219

Kenwright: Frankincense (it smells)

Moshiri: Gold (self-explanatory)

Brands: Myrrh (since apparently all he's allowed to do is embalm what's already dead)


I think you may be onto something.

Dermot O'Brien
226 Posted 28/11/2019 at 18:29:51
Moyes to take charge after Leicester game. Under no pressure and wins at Anfield. The second coming of the Moyesiah proclaimed by King Herod Kenwright. Moyes made manager for life. Management style to be continued after death and ascension.
Ken Kneale
227 Posted 28/11/2019 at 19:08:43
Mark - I don't buy that at all - he is a company director with directorial and legal responsibilities - if he has not got the gumption to do his job I would ask if he is fit for it in the first place
Derek Knox
228 Posted 28/11/2019 at 19:08:56
Brian, @ 220, life is full of surprises, and football does not escape upsets, while I have zero faith in the man who claims to be Manager/Coach.

I do however think the players have had long enough to reflect both on the sorry state we are in, and their own culpability in that situation.

Hoping that is the case and they hopefully will suddenly realise the severity of the situation, and our close proximity to that relegation whirlpool.

Maybe they will get kick-started into action, and in age-old tradition, I am old enough to remember, that the form book used to go out of the window in Derby Matches irrespective of who was where in the Table.

Obviously always want a win, but don't want this spineless excuse of a Coach/Manager to remain with us any longer than anticipated.

Derek Knox
229 Posted 28/11/2019 at 19:18:39
Dermot @ 226, you posted after my submission, whatever it is you are smoking/snorting/injecting, please get off it, you are becoming totally delusional.

Watch out for those fairies at the bottom of your garden/window box, they can come back to bite you, they may float like butterflies, but they sting like bees! :-)

Mike Kehoe
230 Posted 28/11/2019 at 23:34:13
Arsenal have shit the bed tonight. Watch how they do, Pochetino will be installed by lunchtime
Mark Guglielmo
231 Posted 28/11/2019 at 23:43:01
Ken @227 but that doesn't really address what I said.

If he's being allowed to do his job without interference, then let's see what happens (we don't know the answer nor can we see the future).

If he's not being allowed to do his job without interference, then they shouldn't have hired him in the first place, or at best it was a bait & switch situation. "This is what you'll be asked to do for us" becomes "well that was just something we said; this is what we're prepared to let you do" (we don't know the answer nor can we see the future).

I'm not sure how gumption can affect outcomes if those who are senior to you squash your creativity & process.

Nicholas Ryan
232 Posted 28/11/2019 at 00:05:28
While I do think that Marco has come to the end of the road, and needs replacing: just a couple of thoughts.

1. My daughter referred me today, to a piece in one of the papers [can't remember which] which has an "If VAR had got it right" league table. Some teams would be better off, some worse. It's all very subjective, but They had Everton as +5! [points]

2. No manager' can have had worse luck with major injuries, than MS.

Ken Kneale
233 Posted 29/11/2019 at 07:31:01
Mark - he is a director of the Club - he is Senior. I think we can see the results every week and they are mixed to say the least with some clear gaps that most fans could see needed filled and were not. 5/10 at best from me I am afraid - very much under delivering in role.
Brian Porter
234 Posted 29/11/2019 at 08:46:32
One thing that annoys the hell out of me, regarding Silva, is his apparent lack of Latin passion either in his demeanor or his body language. He's like an empty shell, devoid of feelings and the general excitement of just being alive.
I have Portuguese ancestry and every Portuguese male of my acquaintence carries that spark of volatility so absent in Silva's make up.
My great-great-grandfather owned a fleet of three ships that oprated out of Macao and carried cargoes around the world including indigo and heroin, (legal at the time), and was, apparently known as a bit piratical. He'd do anything to win a cargo, even if it meant a spot of sabotage on a competitor's vessel.
In short, he hated losing and he showed it by firing a captain who arrived in port one day late, thus incurring a lost bonus. This was in the days of sail, when the weather played a big part in sailing times.
Quite simply, I see no evidence of that kind of passion or commitment from Silva. I have a feeling that if Schneiderlin or Siggy had been members of one of Joseph Dos Santos's crewmen they might have found themselves cast adrift in an open boat, without oars and left to founder on the open ocean, not welcomed with open arms on the next voyage.
Silva, to me, is a cold fish who lacks the Latin spark that could make him a more forceful and decisive manager.
Just a personal thought.
Mike Keating
235 Posted 29/11/2019 at 10:47:02
I suppose the board are just going to sit on their hands and watch Arteta walk into the Arsenal job.
Fucking hopeless!
James Hughes
236 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:06:40
So Emery has been sacked and we continue to dither.

Arteta with Cahill could work. Tim won't accept lack of commitment on the pitch. Could see Siggi and Morgan sideways get a good rollicking if they make the side!

Mike Doyle
237 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:15:30
No messing around at Arsenal.
At current progress, Man City will have replaced Pep and Liverpool will have replaced Klopp before our Board make a decision on Marco.

Mike Kehoe #230] Do you predict Lottery numbers too?

Tom Bowers
238 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:16:53
Emery was no surprise and nor will Pellegrini and a few others when they go soon.
Emery's team selection yesterday was unbelievable. Basically five central defenders and not one of them any good with one of them employed in midfield. Emery, like Silva has been winging it since being appointed and was living on borrowed time.
The Leicester game has to be Silva's last surely.
Steve Brown
239 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:24:29
If Arteta goes to Arsenal good luck to him. If Moyes goes to WHU good riddance to him.
George Cumiskey
240 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:26:47
Emery sacked Silva still not, if a decent manager becomes available he's bound to go for the arsenal job.
Raymond Fox
241 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:31:28
Its a merry go round for managers.
Emery has proved he's a good manager at other clubs so now he's no good.
Wenger bailed out probably when he saw the future, so did Ferguson at Utd.
As usual the players keep their ridiculous wages rolling in each week whatever the results.
Is Pochettino now a bad manager?
Mike Doyle
242 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:32:01
Like Spurs, Arsenal are concerned about (not) qualifying for Europe and are more likely to go for a candidate with managerial experience.

For that reason I'd be surprised if they take a risk on Arteta unless their primary target/s say no or are not available.

Stop Press: Looking at the current betting, the Bookies don't seem to think Moysie is in line for the Arsenal job.

Christopher Timmins
243 Posted 29/11/2019 at 11:33:23
Steve @ 239

Arteta forced through his transfer to Arsenal on deadline day giving us no chance of finding a replacement, I won't be wishing him much luck. Before Moyes signed him he was out in the cold. If he goes to Arsenal then they are taking a risk as assistant managers sometimes don't cut it when they get the top job. Fergie had quite a few who never made the grade but who were given plenty of credit when assisting the great man.

Derek Knox
244 Posted 29/11/2019 at 12:21:40
Regarding Emery; you have to take the rough with the smooth. I'll get my coat!

There could be a manager merry-go-round over the next few weeks, although the recipients of the boot won't see it as merry, mind you neither will they be signing on, being more than handsomely compensated.

It will be interesting too to see how Silva reacts to what he must realise is almost a make or break game against Leicester. We will know how serious he views his position, and the extremely thin chance he has of remaining in it, by his team selection. If as expected, it is the same old unadventurous one he selected for the Norwich game, he is a goner.

Andrew James
245 Posted 29/11/2019 at 13:04:17
Bit surprised about Emery. I live in Arsenal territory and they're a moaning lot. But Emery seems to have carried the legacy of Wenger staying too long and the situations with Ozil etc not being resolved.

Typical of Everton to cock things up the same season Spurs fire their most successful coach in the modern era, Chelsea have a transfer ban, Arsenal sack only their second coach in over 2 decades and United are constantly under pressure.

For me, this doesn't really change much regarding our situation as we are probably looking at different people from the Gunners given our status, squad and structure. It does, in some way, mean we have another option to look at. Many on here have championed Emery in the past.

Paul A Smith
246 Posted 29/11/2019 at 13:21:04
Arsenal would always be Arteta's choice over us. They have sacked their manager who has been backed with a 72 million winger amongst other signings.

Shame we can't compare what they do when they sign proper strikers. I reckon we would be above them now if we had done.

Eddie Dunn
247 Posted 29/11/2019 at 13:43:00
I wonder how many of our players would have expected Silva to be gone by now? Some might prefer him to stay(Richarlison and Bernard). His chances of remaining in the job require a good result at Leicester but also the players will need to show the desire and fight that will show the Board and the fans that they back him.
For precisely this reason, I can see things going wrong.
The way any of them have been performing would suggest that some do not like his methods.
Will they go out and give everything for him?
Or will they at least want to show whoever takes over that they can play a part in the weeks to come?
They haven't played like a team apart from the win agaist West Ham, and despite early season predictions of the Hammers getting top 6, they have since sunk like a stone. An even more unbalanced side than us.
Every time we have played away, I have hoped for the side to suddenly gel. This lot have a habit of falling apart.
Why should it all suddenly change? Expect 20 minutes of neat football followed by Vardy scoring, three quick subs, all like-for-like and a dispiriting reverse. If they can pull off a shock win, then the question should be "why haven't they been playing this well so far?"
Paul Jones
248 Posted 29/11/2019 at 13:56:03
Assistant mangers tend to succeed as mangers when they become managers at their parent club and reap the rewards of their previous work. Unfortunately for us there was a seismic change in the football landscape when we adopted this approach with Colin Harvey.
Walter Smith had great success at Rangers but that did not follow him to other appointments. Although did a Rafa Benitez type job when we had ownership issues that included the selling of our most sought after players. Similar dour football but not the quality of players and luck to win a trophy.
When we appointed Kendall, Moyes and Royle they were young but experienced managers whose best years were ahead of them who had the respect off their players who bought into their methods. The game has moved on since Moyes heyday in the same way that it has left Tony Pullis & Neil Warnock behind.
Eddie Howes Bournemouth do remind me of Royles Oldham good going forward playing to their obvious strength. I suppose his record at Burnley might indicate cannot adapt his methods to his playing staff unlike Royle who quickly set up a team based on its obvious strengths when he first came to Everton.
Therefore I would hope that when we appoint a manger those that make the decision can get someone to put out the current fire and take us forward in the future.
Raymond Fox
249 Posted 29/11/2019 at 13:56:57
I wont be surprised at all if we perform a lot better against Leicester and our other upcoming fixtures.
We usually do against the top teams in my opinion because its more open game and the pressure is off to some extent because of the opposition.

We are not scoring enough goals to be really competitive though and I cant see much change on that front.
I'd be very happy if we can get five points, I feel we might shock a couple of the teams or should I say I hope we can.

David Pearl
250 Posted 29/11/2019 at 14:21:36
Schneiderlin and Walcott doubts. How many midfielders do we have fit now? Davies. I thought Silva would go 4141 the next two away games but he's getting a thin squad to choose from. Maybe Bernard is fit again hopefully with Richarlison moving right. He could play Davies behind Iwobi and Siggy. Up top it's got to be DCL coming back in after a rest.
Charles McCann
251 Posted 29/11/2019 at 14:37:30
With Sneiderlinn and Walcott looking like missing this match I think we now have a much better chance of winning this next match! These are the two players that have continually let silva down with inept performances week after week.

I am disappointed Coleman is injured as I still believe he is our best right back but hopefully sidibe can do a job here this weekend.

If Silva really wants to save his job then I suggest he turns to youth Denis Adeniran has been playing really well and I think he is more than capable of making the step up along with Anthony Gordon. Bernard hopefully coming back Will make a big difference also.

Going to be very tough away to high flying Leicester.

Mike Doyle
252 Posted 29/11/2019 at 14:52:18
The way the injury list is growing can someone suggest to Rob Halligan that he takes his boots to Leicester on Sunday (I'm sure Rob is quicker than Tosun).
Tommy Surgenor
253 Posted 29/11/2019 at 15:00:34
It's funny but sometimes an injury list this size can end up being “lucky” for the manager.

It will effectively force him to try something new. Surely this means a start for Kean? Didn't Kane/Bale get their big break from similar crisis.

Maybe Siggy will play the 8 position that he does effectively for his country?
Don't get me wrong, I think he is too slow to be a long term solution in there but I'll just be glad that he isn't in the 10 role for a week.

Maybe even 442 with Davies holding?
Maybe 532? Who knows!

Let's see how brave the manager is in the face of an injury crisis. This might be the lucky break he needs.

However, for this contributor, Silvas bridge is already up in flames and I can't see anything extinguishing it.

PS: if he starts with the same system and game plan as he normally does then I'm totally done with it all. This is the opportunity to change it up.

Steve Brown
254 Posted 29/11/2019 at 15:11:13
Gbamin, Gomes, Delph, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Baningme, Walcott and Coleman all injured. Whether you think Silva is a bad manager or not, he has had terrible luck this season.
Derek Knox
255 Posted 29/11/2019 at 15:15:09
Tommy @ 253, normally I would agree there but with the historic stubbornness of Silva, I wouldn't bank on him making any/many changes.

It's surely bye-bye, if he doesn't.

Daniel A Johnson
256 Posted 29/11/2019 at 15:30:42
The World and his Wife would have known Delph would be injured – a strange signing, to say the least.

He simply wasn't worth the risk –especially considering his wages.

Denis Richardson
257 Posted 29/11/2019 at 15:40:51
Well at least the good news is that the board have seen sense to bin the idea of bringing Moyes back. There would have been thousands of empty seeds and a truly hostile atmosphere if that had happened.

Now, we await the inevitable: a few more losses and then Silva is put out of his misery with a 7-figure payoff and we get another manager to try to get the club back on its feet.

I'm relatively relaxed on the upcoming games as I'm expecting to lose the next 2 or 3 anyway.

Anthony Batty
258 Posted 30/11/2019 at 16:12:36
Thinking of changing my allegiance even before the Leicester game to Arsenal – at least their board has got balls which is more than the Everton board have. Unsworth should have been put in charge, he could not do any worse than Silva and at least we would be rid of the wanker.

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