This has been coming for some time now considering how poorly Everton have started the 2019-20 season, but the Board have finally pulled the plug on Marco Silva.
The 42-year-old had been in charge at Goodison Park for just over 18 months, leading the Blues to an 8th-place finish in the Premier League and ignominious exits in both Cup tournaments last season.
This season has seen more of the same inconsistency from week-to-week, with the supporters not quite sure which side would show up, or not even when he stuck to a winning lineup with a bit too much dogged determination, sticking with out-of-form players and others he appeared to deem as his favourites.
Silva’s apparent lack of a Plan B tactically along with weaknesses with how he coaches zonal marking at defensive set-pieces played a big part in his eventual demise, even though from a personality perspective he was quite a likable manager that seemed to embrace the club and the culture.
It was not like he wasn’t supported by the Board in transfer matters, with majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri opening the coffers and Director of Football Marcel Brands surrounding him with talent which in the end he failed to put together in a coherent manner.
Also it would be remiss of us to talk about Silva’s time at the Toffees without mentioning a streak of bad luck that hit his squad this season. Long term injuries to key players, along with a number of decisions on the pitch that went against the Blues resulted in dropped points, but as well know fortune favours the brave, and Silva chose to go safe and timid even when his job was on the line.
As we await the appointment of his permanent replacement, here is a collection of articles from Royal Blue Mersey highlighting where it all went wrong for Silva.