Everton boss Marco Silva has said that working without pressure doesn’t make sense and that he feels encouraged by the pressure of being Everton manager.
The former Hull and Watford manager has come under increased scrutiny of late as his side have struggled for results in the Premier League, losing six of the last ten, but Silva said that he is enjoying the challenge of turning that around.
He hopes to start tomorrow at Millwall in the FA Cup and insists that the oldest cup competition in football is still a hugely important one, not just for Everton, but for the other clubs still involved.
But he’s not getting carried away and says that it is important that his side concentrate on the next game rather than looking ahead and hoping for a good run in the competition.
“It is always fantastic in football when you have the pressure to win games,” he said.
“For me, without pressure and without that ambition, it does not make sense when you are working.
“You have to put this passion in your job every day and realise how big the club is where you are working.
“And [you must have] the ambition – when you are talking about the FA Cup, it is a really important competition for us.
“Not just for us, for many, many clubs. But we have to look inside and say, ‘Okay, it’s really important for us, let’s do our best and everything we can to get in the next round of the FA Cup’.
“It is not important now if you are saying, ‘Okay, we should have a fantastic run in the FA Cup’.
“We have to look step by step and prove in each match that is what we really want.”