Marco Silva was in charge of exactly 61 competitive games at Everton, winning 25, drawing 11 and losing another 25. With him leaving the club under the shadow of a series of underwhelming performances in the 2019-20 season, there were certainly some bad times in that 18-month stint with the Toffees.
We take a look at some lowlights of that time with the Blues, and they’re all scattered throughout Silva’s tenure at the Blues.
The worst seven games are in chronological order, vote below for which you thought was the absolute nadir of Silva’s time at the Blues, but first here are a couple that just missed the cut, though they were probably just as awful.
Dishonorable Mention 1 - Everton 1-3 West Ham United (Sep 16, 2018)
Losing to the Hammers any time is a disgrace, and the way this one unfolded was even worse. The legend of the Blues pursuit of Andriy Yarmolenko has reached Juan Riquelme levels, and it was ironic that between he and another sometimes-target Marko Arnautovic led the destruction of the lead-footed Blues at home.
Dishonorable Mention 2 - Everton 0-1 at Liverpool (Dec 2, 2018)
This game did not make the main list for one and only one reason - the Blues actually played well in this game. It’s still here because of the disheartening manner of how the defeat came about, and how it ‘broke’ Silva’s Everton. Jordan Pickford seemed lost for a number of games after that, the Blues slumped to a horrendous winter, and it was only after the March international break that Silva was able to rouse his squad from this Derby-induced depression.
Dishonorable Mention 3 - Everton 1-3 at AFC Bournemouth (Sep 15, 2019)
A whole year later from the first entry, and Everton looked even slower than they had then. Richarlison cracked the crossbar early, but the Blues famous weaknesses at setpieces came home to roost despite the Blues tying up the score at one-all, before they fell behind and stayed there. Poor effort overall.
And now let’s go to the disgraceful seven. Why seven you ask? Well, simply put we couldn’t pick five of the worst and came up with ten, pushed three off above, and here’s seven of the most abysmal.
Everton 2-6 Tottenham Hotspur (Dec 23, 2018)
It was all going so well when Theo Walcott put the Blues ahead and Dominic Calvert-Lewin added a second. However, DCL’s goal was overruled for a push, and then minutes later Kurt Zouma and Jordan Pickford’s comical miscommunication allowed Spurs to level and the game quickly spiraled out of control.
Everton 2-3 at Millwall (Jan 26, 2019)
The Toffees have found some preposterous ways to exit the FA Cup, and this one was right up there with the worst of them. Silva’s side had no answer for Millwall’s aerial attack and the Blues lost in frustrating manner.
Everton 2-3 at Newcastle United (Mar 9, 2019)
Probably one of the best halves of football we’ve seen from a Marco Silva-managed team. The Toffees took a two-goal lead into the break looking invincible, and then crumbled in the second half. If only we knew then we’d also let a two-goal lead slip deep in time added on against the Barcodes again, this time at Goodison Park.
Everton 0-2 at Fulham (Apr 13, 2019)
Unbeaten since that Newcastle debacle and off three wins in a row against Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal, a trip to the bottom side who had lost nine in a row should have been a cakewalk as the Blues looked to challenge for the seventh spot. Nope, the Blues failed to show up and were bullied by Aleksandar Mitrovic instead.
Everton 0-2 Sheffield United (Sep 21, 2019)
The Blues dominated this game and did all but score, meanwhile the newly-promoted side put in a strong, battling performance that got the Premier League to pay attention.
Everton 0-2 Norwich City (Nov 23, 2019)
Norwich certainly paid attention to how Sheffield had beaten Everton, and did most of the same things that the Blades had. The Blues commitment to attack (and miss multiple chances) with their midfield and defence exposed led to two goals from counters and that was that.
Everton 2-5 at Liverpool (Dec 4, 2019)
For Everton to get into a shootout with this Liverpool side is akin to showing up at high noon against Wyatt Earp with a catapult, and thus it ensued. The Reds tore the Blues wide open with long raking balls behind the backline and though Everton sometimes looked dangerous of their own accord, the result was always going to be how many, not what if.
So there you have it, the seven worst games of the Marco Silva era. Vote below for which you though was the worst game from his time at Everton.
Which was your worst game of the Marco Silva era at Everton
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Everton 2-6 Tottenham Hotspur
Everton 2-3 at Millwall
Everton 2-3 at Newcastle United
Everton 0-2 at Fulham
Everton 0-2 Sheffield United
Everton 0-2 Norwich City
Everton 2-5 at Liverpool
Other (comment below)
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