Raise your hand if you’re cool with the current run of form under Big Sam.
Okay, you Liverpool fans reading this page who just raised your hands, go away - no one likes you anyway.
Things are not great right now, and it’s not just about the results. Until sparking to life a bit in the second half against West Brom it had been HOURS of game play since Everton had even gotten a shot on target, and that’s just sad.
The last time we saw the Blues win was over a month ago.
Sam now has Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun at his disposal. Word keeps circulating about a new left back, SEAMUS COLEMAN is on the doorstep of being back out on the pitch, Yannick Bolasie is starting to find his footing, there’s every chance here that the team’s form will turn around by the end of the year and make everything I’m getting ready to say irrelevant and I absolutely hope it does.
But if it doesn’t, Sam doesn’t need to come back next year and we will need a new manager.
I still think Marco Silva is the right man to be that next manager.
I know, I know, he just got fired by Watford. But you know what? Watford fires everybody.
Since the start of the 2008-2009 season, Watford has had 14 different men manage games for them. They are not a well run club - they are a mess. The Hornets firing someone isn’t a tell-tale sign for anything. They fired Sean Dyche, a decision that looks absolutely inspired right this second, am I right?
Watford is sitting in tenth place. Considering the mostly worthless collection of ‘talent’ on that roster, that’s an absolute miracle. They’d probably be even higher in the table if Everton had never approached Silva in the first place. That entire episode clearly destabilized Watford and led to both their dip in form and according to reports is part of the reason they let Silva go.
Marco Silva is still the coach the Everton brass thought he was when they discussed paying Watford large sums of money for his services, the only difference now is that he’ll be cheaper because he is unattached.
Taking a best XI of the two teams Silva has managed in the Premier League you couldn’t find five players who were good enough to play for Everton, and yet he nearly saved Hull last year and he has Watford at mid-table.
I think he’s worth giving a shot. Heck, he’s somehow gotten more goals out of that Watford offense than Everton has seen this season.
If you disagree, that’s perfectly fine. Silva doesn’t have a stack of trophies that make him the sort of overwhelmingly impressive candidate on which we can expect consensus, he simply represents the kind of thinking we could and probably should consider this summer if the results stay as they are.
If Everton limp to 8th, 9th, or worse in the Premier League given the talent the club has acquired and the health the roster is gaining, the job done will not be one worth keeping Big Sam over.
In that case, the Toffees will want to move quickly once summer arrives so that when the World Cup ends they’ll be ready to recruit the pieces needed to get this project back on track for next season.