Everton finally ended the Marco Silva experiment late on Thursday evening, announcing his departure from the club after just over 18 months in charge.
The Blues are struggling this season, failing to take advantage of an easier schedule to start the year and now find themselves wallowing in the relegation zone in 18th place, with just fourteen points from fifteen games, including nine losses.
In a message to the club and the fans though, the 42-year-old thanked the fans and the club for the support and the opportunity.
“It has been a real honour to have managed Everton for the past 18 months and I would like to thank Farhad Moshiri, Bill Kenwright, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Keith Harris, Marcel Brands and the entire board for giving me the opportunity to be part of this special club.
“Thank you to all of the Evertonian fans who always live and breathe the club and show such great passion.
”A special thank you to all of the players, for their professionalism and the commitment they put into their work every day and to the club staff who welcomed me to Finch Farm training ground and made me feel at home.
”All the best. COYB”
Silva had often spoken about the privilege of managing ‘The People’s Club’, and embraced a lot of the charity work done in the community by the Blues too.
Goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira, who was also let go with Silva, posted this on his Twitter account early on Friday.
It was an honor and a pleasure to have been part of the blue @Everton family.— Hugo Oliveira (@HgO_Official) December 6, 2019
Victories, defeats, sadness and joy but in the end it's all about people!!
Come on you Blues !!#EvertonFC #coyb pic.twitter.com/sQwDv2V1YP
It was an honor and a pleasure to have been part of the blue @Everton family.
Victories, defeats, sadness and joy but in the end it’s all about people!!
Come on you Blues !!
Head of Performance Bruno Mendes also sent out a tweet.
Thanks for everything @Everton
... All the best.
Here’s wishing Marco and his staff all the very best in their futures.