Following Everton’s defeat at Millwall yesterday in the FA Cup Fourth Round, there have been a number of calls across social media platforms and our Everton forums for Marco Silva to be relieved of his position at Everton.
Sacking Silva would make him the third man in less than 18 months to be sacked by the Blues, and Everton’s fifth manager in four years. Hardly the look that many clubs with ambitions beyond our own aim for. Even Watford have been able to keep hold of their current boss for over a year, something they seemed destined never to do again.
But would it be an early reset and would the risk be worth it?
This current crop of Everton players have underperformed for more than just Silva. Look back a year and Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun were all regularly singled out for criticism from the stands. A quick glance a further six months back from that point and nothing changes – other than coaching staff. Twice.
Silva inherited a squad of players used to getting away with not performing when their hearts weren’t in it. Even Morgan Schneiderlin has managed to keep a place in the matchday squads, although not featuring very often under the Portuguese.
He brought in Richarlison, Bernard, Zouma, Yerry Mina and Andres Gomes. All of whom put on excellent early displays in a Blue shirt, but whose form has fallen away in recent weeks. Even the reliable Lucas Digne is being blamed for Millwall’s third yesterday.
Are they not being coached effectively? Or is there an atmosphere at Finch Farm whereby the players know that it’s the manager who gets blamed for poor performances, so rest on their laurels?
The sign in the gym reads “Hard work will beat talent if talent doesn’t work hard” but, like banner adverts on the internet, the players seem to have gone blind to it. Or maybe it is because it was put up by Ronald Koeman and nobody cares what he thinks?
Silva, it has to be agreed, has failed to instil a fight or pride in these players since he came in, but he’s not the first manager at Everton to do so.
Hitting the reset button with a manager costs – as Everton know – a lot of money. Doing it three times in two years costs a Richarlison. Farhad Moshiri is unlikely to do it again this season.
Instead, it’s time for the players to step up to the plate and cut out the mistakes, show some pride, and makes us believe that they can come together as a team and make us proud of them. They should treat the next 15 games as a season within a season and prove to us, the manager, and most importantly themselves, that they are worthy of staying at the club.
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