Pickford: You never want to see your manager sacked

Sunday, 1 December, 2019 39comments  |  Jump to last

Jordan Pickford has stated his faith in Marco Silva backed Everton to get out of their current “sticky patch”.

The England international spoke to the media before today's clash with high-flying Leicester at the King Power Stadium and expressed how little he wants to see another Blues boss sacked.

The pressure on Silva's shoulders reached unprecedented levels after last Saturday's home defeat to Norwich City and, even though Marcel Brands came out on Friday and insisted that the club was looking for stability and seemed to indicate the manager's job was safe for now, the Portuguese can ill-afford another loss.

“It was obviously deflating after the Norwich game. Everyone was down and it wasn't nice,” Pickford said.

“I was here when Koeman lost his job and it wasn't nice to see at all, it was horrible. We were in the building when it happened, and you never want to see anyone lose their job like that.

“The manager has been great with us and we are behind him 100 per cent. A few bad performances shouldn't put the manager under pressure but that's the industry we are in. Unai Emery has just lost his job after a bad run of form. You want stability throughout a club, don't you?

“I believe in this squad. The talent and ability we have top to bottom is very good and can match any team in the Premier League. We have a lot of international players.

“We might be in a sticky patch but I feel the squad is still together and we can get through it.

“Marco is very detailed on what he does. We cover everything going into a game, how to play, how to defend, if we're going to press. There is a lot of detail in the training sessions. We're not going into the game without not knowing what we're going to do.

“I think you can see he's emotional and has got passion. He wants to win every game. It's great because as players we want to win every game and when you see the manager having that passion it spurs you on. It makes you believe more.”


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Harry Wallace
1 Posted 01/12/2019 at 08:37:14
What drivel. Firstly, it's not a few games. We've played badly all season. We are a few points away from relegation and have a scary run of games coming up. Most likely in bottom 3 after Christmas. That's simply not good enough. Our players lack the top two inches.
Graeme Beresford
2 Posted 01/12/2019 at 08:56:57
Pickford, as much to blame as anyone. Goalkeepers job is to make saves and stop the opposition scoring, yet his poor positioning and inability to actually do his job has cost us this season, yet again.

Sooner he is sold and we buy an experienced keeper the better.

Allan Board
3 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:01:09
Just be quiet and do your work properly lad. Actions speak louder than words kidda.
Rudi Coote
4 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:03:51
I believe in this squad. The talent and ability we have top to bottom is very good and can match any team in the Premier League. We have a lot of international players.

Really, Mr Pickford? If you honestly believe that, and I'm sure you do, then why does the team play utter rubbish and why are we languishing in the bottom half of the table with no hope (you know that thing we used to have?) of getting ANY points from the next few games?

Just another player "backing" the fraud, Silva.

Paul Hewitt
5 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:06:20
If these players where as good at playing football, as they where talking. We would be top of the league.
Mike Connolly
6 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:07:44
Don't take Pickford comments to heart its just his turn on the rota to throw out the bullshit
John Keating
7 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:17:24
I read an article that Shergar was alive and well and living the high life in Monte Carlo. Then I see his teeth in Klopp's mouth every time he's on the telly. So I believe what I see rather than what I read.

In the paper, Pickford says the players are 100% behind Silva. Every game I see them NOT 100% playing for Silva, the Club, or the shirt.

Pickford, like the rest of them, needs to have a good look at himself because he, like all the other so-called top international and established players, are part of the reason we're hovering above the relegation places.

Silva is a poor manager, totally unsuited to us and the Premier League standard but the players are matching him. So again, I believe what I see rather than what I read.

Jerome Shields
8 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:22:41
Another player wheeled out. . .
Bill Fairfield
9 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:27:30
Well, Jordan, you and your mates need to get your finger out in a very consistent way because Marco is standing on the trap door...
Gary Fenton
10 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:38:16
“Marco is very detailed on what he does. We cover everything going into a game, how to play, how to defend, if we're going to press. There is a lot of detail in the training sessions. We're not going into the game without not knowing what we're going to do."

Bullshit!!! We've not seen any indication that's true.
John Keating
11 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:46:15
The thing is, Gary, if what Pickford says is true – which I doubt – then it's a real nightmare.

Our whole team without exception is so incompetent that they cannot carry out a single instruction during a game that the manager sets up.

Personally, I think Pickford, like the rest of them (including Silva), is just talking shite.

Gary Fenton
12 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:00:42
John, yes, I agree, they are full of shite, as others say, just rolled out in no particular order to spout dribble.

Even if we do win, he still needs to go — we had the same thing happen last season, a shit run then a good run, then shit again.

Mick Conalty
13 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:06:21
Jordan, you are pissing into the wind with those comments, and you know it.
Dermot O'Brien
14 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:19:54
Jordan "I hate seeing the manager sacked but I do love booting the ball out of play half the time" Pickford. Piss off.
Kase Chow
15 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:24:38
Yeah, Jordan, you can do one too.

You're part of the problem, not the solution.

Chris Williamson
16 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:24:46
I am disappointed in old T. Rex arms, haven't seen his Christmas tree on social media this year. Another Olympian sized fraud who will have a severe case of net rash come 6:30 tonight.
Pat Kelly
17 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:36:42
Bit premature with the sycophantic drivel. It's usually Monday morning after we're beaten.
Brian Williams
18 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:38:15
Aaaaand yet again we have a procession of people doing what should be left to those across the park to do, namely slag our own off not just for their performances (which is perfectly acceptable) but on a personal level? Have a fucking word with yourselves.

Yeh we're in a bad place but turning on our own to the extent some of you lot have? We're Evertonians, for fuck's sake!

Tim Locke
19 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:40:33
John, it is worse than that. If they are getting instructions and they are carrying them out, and why wouldn't they? Then the instructions are rubbish.

If what Brands and the other players are saying is true then Silva should be sack now without questions. Sounds like he is giving instructions for a tennis match forgetting we are playing football.

Silvas issues run deep and the last few managers have all followed a similar pattern.

1. Team selection. More often than not the wrong players have been picked or played in the wrong position.

2. Missing the obvious when it comes to transfers. Lack of a decent centre-back, forward, Lukaku the exception etc.

3. Lack of motivation from the team. Most fans think we have better players on the pitch than say 10 years ago, sadly they are playing worse than when we had Lee Carsley in the middle. I want to see passion, I want to see you claiming the shirt and being proud as the step on the pitch. Just because you turned up, play for your country and stand on the pitch doesn't mean you are going to win, you need to actually do something.

4. Failure to improve players. One of my biggest bugbears of recent years has been managers' failures to get the best out of players, where is Tim Cahill and others?

5. Failure to defend set-pieces. Use training session to learn not to drink tea and take selfies. Everton have conceded the 5th fewest corners, the joint fewest shots from corners Everton have conceded the MOST goals. Joke.

6. The sats tell a picture. 32 away games playing against sides starting in the top 10: won 0, drawn 10, lost 22. Joke. December 2010 was the last away win against top 10. Joke.

We have been speaking about this since before Moyes left. The club needs change. We get glimmers of hope, new owner, senior leader, players and managers but no fundamental change. We have all seen it, Everton have slowly got worse and we are now in the “Will Everton go down?” phase. A slow 20-year decline; where the only highlights of the season were the dim possibility of beating Liverpool and the “excitement” of being in a relegation battle on the final day of the season.

You can roll out as many players and staff as you like to say "It's okay, it's a blip," but there is no such fool as a fool that believes his own lies and Everton you are currently that fool.

I, like most fans, hope that a new manager would help, but I believe the problems run deep and, unless you make some fundamental changes, a new manager will be like a band-aid on a stab wound. The right idea but not the solution.

James Hughes
20 Posted 01/12/2019 at 11:07:00
Marco is very detailed in his preparations but we basically just ignore or forget his plans once we get on the pitch.

Football is a very simple game which is just as well as half the team act like simpletons. Cheers, Jordan.

Paul Hewitt
21 Posted 01/12/2019 at 11:15:35
Brian @18. If I performed as badly as these lot, my work colleagues would let me know. We can't sugar-coat how shit they have been.
David Pearl
22 Posted 01/12/2019 at 11:33:56
One of my favourite things to do is read ToffeeWeb comments after a player has been asked a question in an interview.

We should be challenging for the league with the investment on players and on managers. The players have to grow up and the manager has to coach them better. None of that's happening. We must make a change.

We can win today. We have good players (and repeat and repost and repeat...)

Conor McCourt
23 Posted 01/12/2019 at 12:06:19
Everyone keeps speaking about all these great players we have. The spine of our team this season has mostly consisted of Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Schneiderlin, Davies, Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin. Some of these players are decent and I'm not wishing to knock them but it doesn't compare that favourably to any of the top teams.
Don Alexander
24 Posted 01/12/2019 at 12:31:25
Tim (#19) you're bob-on re deeper problems than Silva. My thanks to a.n.other poster on one of the recent threads (can't remember his name sorry) who pointed out Allardyce has said that, for reasons he, Allardyce, didn't understand, when he took the job, he was instructed to retain all the ex-Everton players at Finch Farm. Hmm? On who's instructions was that then?

Answers on a postcard please.

Raymond Fox
25 Posted 01/12/2019 at 12:44:39
I agree, Conor, none of the players you mention get the pulse racing. They are good players but not good enough for the top sides.

The last 5 seasons we have spent 𧷋 million net (𧻐 spent – 𧶽 sold), that's the 3rd highest in the league after Man City and Man Utd. That's 㿣 million a season and what have we got? The way they have performed, not a lot.

Whoever is/was responsible for the player purchases has a lot to answer for. The teams that are out-performing their budget are Spurs, Leicester and guess who.

Alan J Thompson
26 Posted 01/12/2019 at 14:58:44
JP;"It was obviously deflating everyone was down and it wasn't nice."

Q;"After the Norwich game?"

JP;"No, drawing the short straw!"

Mark Guglielmo
27 Posted 01/12/2019 at 15:28:11
Let's hope Mr. Alligator Arms puts his money where his mouth is, 'cause he's gonna be busy today.
Danny Baily
28 Posted 01/12/2019 at 16:20:28
Would love to see another keeper given a chance in goal by the next manager. The last time we looked anything like decent on a consistent basis was when Joel got an extended run under Koeman.
Jeff Spiers
29 Posted 01/12/2019 at 19:52:42
Jordan lad, when people are sacked they are not generally given millions of pounds. How much have we given to sacked ex-Everton managers?

You and others live a lifestyle beyond belief. Being unemployed is harsh. Will it be harsh for Silva if he goes? Not a flying fuck.

John Davies
30 Posted 01/12/2019 at 20:37:50
Another idiot player wheeled out to spout the usual drivel.

"We cover everything going into a game, how to play, how to defend, if we're going to press. There is a lot of detail in the training sessions. We're not going into the game without not knowing what we're going to do."

Then how come when you're on the pitch it's clear you don't know what you're going to do?!!!

Shut the fuck up, lad.

Mark Andersson
31 Posted 02/12/2019 at 05:48:35
The one word that we can all proclaim to use with anything Everton is delusional.

I think football has become systematic of how society has become. The players are so far removed from their working class fans, the money media and corruption has no end.

When fans turn on their own fans like on this thread then you know that football has fallen to the devils love of money. To many angels of the devil running football, the fans are the forgotten ones.

Wake up to the fact that Everton are no longer a part of the elite have not been for over 20 years. The money pumped into by Mosh has made no difference.

I love reading toffee web and feel for those who's weekend can be ruined by Everton, I love the humor in the face of adversity, I love the never ending hope in those who refuse to give up, I love the outpourings of rage and frustration. But mostly I love the fact that IF one day it all comes good there will always be someone moaning about something that will make me laugh, think and ponder.

Thanks toffee web for keeping me sane in a insane world.

Paul A Smith
33 Posted 02/12/2019 at 11:01:55
We love a sacking though, Jordan. It dictates most of the conversation every season.

Jeff Spiers makes a very obvious point hardly anyone picks up on. How much has it cost to sack all these managers?

I would say less than a good striker's wage will cost – and that good striker would have saved the sacking. Like it did in Koeman's first season.

Brian Wilkinson
34 Posted 02/12/2019 at 11:48:05
Ladies and a Gentlemen, this weeks name out of the hat to blow hot air up our backsides in behind the Manager drivel is the one and only Pickford, take a bow son.

Now take your comments where the sun does not shine, sick of hearing different players being wheeled out every week saying the same.

Paul A Smith
35 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:20:18
A different player every week.? What is wrong with people? Constant Poisonous hatred this support of ours is.

Hounders will hound again and again then once its too late, oh yeah we should be buying a top striker shouldn't we.

Jack Convery
36 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:31:44
You have to be 100% behind someone before you can stab them in the back.
Martin Mason
37 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:36:03
I guess that Silva will be gone this week and it'll be another disaster on the developing car crash that is EFC. The managers aren't the cause of the car crash, they are the symptoms and the victims. This managerial change isn't an opportunity but an unplanned disaster. Who is going to take on this poisoned chalice and who is likely to be an improvement on Silva?
Jason Wilkinson
38 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:39:15
Boys and girls,

Please! What's with the hatred?
I genuinely believe the players are telling it as it is. I think Marco Silva is a good coach and has good methods. He is probably very thorough in his preparation.

Is he the right man for us? NO. Not the right time I'm afraid. The football side of the club is in a proper mess. This has been the case since Martinez left. We have squandered the cash Farhad put in. Allowed players to leave when we should have played hardball. The worst thing is we have tried to climb the ladder too quickly.
Buying players like Siggy and Richy for way over the odds. No development of the better youngsters. (they need game time or move them on). Look at Klopp across the park. He was very patient and determined to get V.V. Dyke and Allisson.
We panic and pay whatever or chase players at the 11th hour. Look at the farcical Zaha bid. We fail and pay way too much for Iwobi. Not his fault but he is not Zaha.
The new man in the dugout will have to be his own man with a cast iron character. He will need to demand the right players from Brands and the club.
Brands must be told "it's your job to get shut of the wasters"

Derek Knox
39 Posted 02/12/2019 at 14:53:56
He (Picks) and others allegedly don't want to see the Manager sacked!

Then just look the other way! Simples.

Brian Wilkinson
40 Posted 02/12/2019 at 18:00:29
Jason there is no hatred, it's just that after every defeat we have a different player rolling out the same rubbish.

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