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Marco Silva loses key Everton assistant coach

Sousa has been a long-time confidante of Silva’s since their playing days

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Marco Silva has always said that he expects interest from other clubs in his players when his Everton side does well. However, now it appears that his coaching staff has also been keenly watched this season, and the Toffees manager is about to lose a close friend and assistant coach as well.

According to the Telegraph Joao Pedro Sousa will be leaving the Blues this summer to join FC Famalicao in Portugal’s top flight. He was previously their assistant manager during the 2009-10 season and now returns to the side that gained promotion to the Primeira Liga for the first time in 25 years.

Sousa first met Silva when the two played together at Portuguese side Trofense over two decades ago. When Silva hung up his boots at Estoril to take up coaching, Sousa had been managing the Under-19 side at Braga and joined him at the second division side.

Together they won the Portuguese second division title at Estoril, and then on into European football after finishing fifth then fourth in back-to-back seasons in the top division.

Sousa then followed Silva on every step of his short management career, including stints at Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, Hull City and most recently at Watford FC before the Everton gig.

The pair have often been seen conferring during games, with Silva quick to refer to Sousa whenever things seem to be going awry on the pitch. It’ll be interesting to see if Silva now promotes goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliviera or former Blue Duncan Ferguson to the assistant coach position, or hires externally.