Marco Silva arrived at Goodison Park with a big reputation and looked capable of guiding Everton to a promising season of success in the Premier League and other cup competitions.
But proceedings haven’t gone according to plan at all for the Portuguese coach on the blue half of Merseyside, as he now struggles to find consistency and form for the Toffees and doubts hang over him for the remainder of the current campaign.
The highly regarded tactician had arrived on the Merseyside scene after spells with both Watford and Hull City in England’s top-flight division. He had built a solid reputation at those two sides in the Premier League and looked set for a move to more established and bigger name clubs.
It was Everton that eventually came calling and, after some problems in negotiations and finalising the deal, Silva took over at Goodison Park and promised fans plenty of success in the near future.
But his ventures into the blue half of Liverpool and hopes of improving the club have been shut down swiftly. The Toffees have endured a hugely disappointing domestic term to date and currently occupy a worrying ninth position, while they look likely of slipping even further down the top tier standings.
Results are hard to come by recently, with the club having only won once in their last six games in all competitions. Meanwhile, Silva has overseen three consecutive Premier League defeats at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers, reigning and defending champions Manchester City and Watford. A loss to Pep Guardiola’s champions can be forgiven but further defeats to Wolves and Silva’s former employers Watford are disappointing.
An FA Cup exit to lower league Millwall was an embarrassing result, with the Championship outfit regarded as massive 125/1 outsiders with sports betting site redbet to actually win the competition outright.
In fact, Everton are perhaps enduring their worst string of form and results since former boss David Moyes departed proceedings. So can Silva turn things around and finish strongly? Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly been outlined by the club’s hierarchy as a potential long-term replacement for the Portuguese coach if fortunes don’t change quickly this current campaign.
Bielsa is enjoying an incredible season with the Yorkshire club and looks more than capable of guiding them back into the Premier League for the first time since 2004, when they remarkably dropped down divisions.
With the Argentine lurking as a possible future successor, pressure is growing on Silva to turn things around and get the best out of their stuttering squad this campaign. His reputation was always promising in England but it’s maybe an over-assessment, with stats proving he may not be all what he’s cracked up to be at this level.
Silva’s win percentage at Hull City was a mere 36.4% and at Watford is was even worse 30.8%. So is he the right man for the job at Goodison? Probably not long term but he will likely be given the rest of the season to try and solve the ongoing problems within the Everton set-up.