Four Premier League Talking Points: Is it win or bust for Marco Silva at Everton?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 17 October 2019, 15:58

The Premier League returns to the fore this weekend following the conclusion of 2019’s penultimate International Break.

There were no top-flight casualties during this two-week period, instead it was the Championship and League One which took centre stage as three managers were ejected from their hot-seats.

But the managerial lens now has the opportunity to refocus its gaze on the likes of Marco Silva, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino who are all under scrutiny this weekend.

However, it’s not all doom-and-gloom as we also take a look at a surprise early outsider for LMA Manager of the Year.

Is it win or bust for Marco Silva at Everton?

It took Everton in the region of seven months to appoint Marco Silva. During which they were swatted away twice by Watford, before they were finally able to bring in their man in the summer of 2018, at the expense of Sam Allardyce.

Silva had a solid yet unspectacular debut campaign where Everton finished 8th, and made no inroads in either domestic cup competition.

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Now, eight league games into his second season, Everton are stuck in the relegation zone with just seven points and even fewer goals (six), ahead of what is now a crunch fixture at home to West Ham on Saturday.

This has inevitably led to question marks over Silva’s future. Afterall he splashed out a hefty £100m in the summer, yet the displays have been uninspiring with key players notably failing to perform to the levels they are capable of.

The Portuguese coach is now the favourite in the Premier League Sack Race, and should Everton come unstuck against West Ham, he’d be in severe danger of leaving his third top-flight post in less than two-and-half-years.

Deju vu for a Man Utd manager?

If we can just rewind back to December for a minute, a time when Jose Mourinho headed to Anfield with his Man Utd job on the line.

A lacklustre performance followed as his troops slumped to a 3-1 defeat. He’s not managed since.

Mourinho’s replacement, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - currently 2/1 in the Sack Race - is unlikely to experience the same grizzly fate should United lose at home to Jurgen Klopp’s men this weekend.

Although, an embarrassingly heavy defeat could ultimately prove costly.

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Man Utd’s combined failure to carve out wins and find the back of the net is very worrying. Liverpool (20) have more than double United’s current tally of nine, four of which came in the opening game of the season. In fact, a total of 12 top-flight teams have scored more.

The insipid performances that are also a real concern, and the Norwegian needs to find a fitting formula fast.

Have Tottenham’s superstars stopped playing for Mauricio Pochettino?

Tottenham showed fight and determination in a recent 2-1 victory over Southampton, a side they overcame despite Serge Aurier’s 32nd minute red card.

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What followed has been simply shambolic with Spurs shipping 10 goals in back-to-back 7-2 and 3-0 defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton respectively.

The manner of Tottenham’s humiliating defeat at home to Bayern was alarming, but the shoddy performance against Brighton was arguably a nadir under Pochettino.

The players simply weren’t interested, void of both energy and hunger. There’s now a real worry that everything has gone stale under Pochettino, who is enduring the toughest test of his tenure to date.

Pochettino’s problems have gone under the radar somewhat during the international break, and now his side have the perfect chance to get back to winning ways this weekend at home to winless Watford. Anything other than all three points would be simply unacceptable.

Roy Hodgson for Manager of the Year?

Now for some more positive managerial news.

50/1. That’s the juicy price you can currently back the Premier league’s oldest ever boss, Roy Hodgson (72), to scoop the LMA Manager of the Year award.

Crystal Palace’s 2-1 win at West Ham briefly soared the club up to 4th. They’ve since dropped to 6th following wins elsewhere, but few if any would have backed the Eagles to be in the top-6 after eight games.

Only Pep Guardiola (33) and Jurgen Klopp (30) have accumulated more Premier League away points than Hodgson (25) in 2019.

The club’s home form has picked up too in the form of 12 points from 18 on their own patch, and next up at Selhurst Park it’s defending champions Man City.

Remarkably, a victory for Hodgson would leapfrog his side above City in the table, and if other results go their way they could even end the weekend up in 2nd! Stunning.

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