Pressure On Marco Silva As Everton Continue To Struggle

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 08 February 2019, 14:11

EVERTON have won two Premier League matches so far this year.

They have played six and taken six points. There are a dozen matches remaining this season so assuming the current trend continues they will finish on 45 points.

That is four points fewer than they achieved under Sam Allardyce last season before he was ditched and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri made his bold play for Marco Silva.

In his first season in charge, Silva, poached in highly controversial circumstances from Watford, has also overseen total humiliation in the FA Cup at struggling Championship side Millwall.

The only input Everton have had in the title race was going down 2-0 at home to Manchester City in the week to allow their visitors to return to the top of the table.

Goodison Park is a sorry place at the moment. There’s not even the consolation of defeats flavoured by entertaining football, swashbuckling entertainment and a steely spirit to soften the blow.

Everton were twice in the lead at Millwall but managed to throw it away, overawed by the mildly intimidating atmosphere of The Den; their players cowed by a partisan South London crowd, beaten into submission.

Would an Everton team run by Allardyce have crumbled in that way? Unlikely.

Self-appointed Big Sam can lose matches as comfortably as anyone else of course. But there is one thing you get with him as manager and that’s the ability to grind it out.

As a former Millwall player himself, he’d have seized the opportunity to stride out at the Lion’s Den and stand firm - especially if his team had led twice.

Everton might have won, they might have lost. But the chances are they would have at least put up a fight.

When a black cat invaded the pitch during the recent home defeat to Wolves it was described as the ‘best entertainment seen at Goodison Park for a while’.

Richarlison, the showman Brazilian forward, has not scored any of his 11 goals for Everton this season against a top six side.

So Silva is not winning games and he is not thrilling the crowds. What exactly is he doing?

A pretty poor job at the moment yet there’s no pressure mounting on him the way the screw would have turned on Allardyce many weeks ago.

Big Sam’s face doesn’t fit. It never has and it never will. He has huge faults in his ways but would Everton fans take him back now? Probably not.

But that’s not because Silva is so much better. It’s simply because Allardyce is tainted and it’s seen as mildly embarrassing if that’s the best your board of directors can do.

Four Premier League points work out to around £4 million in prize money. That’s quite a hefty chunk of money even to a club the size of Everton FC.

If Silva cannot turn things around he will cost his team a whole lot of money but more importantly it’s not going to look good that the marquee managerial signing is actually worse than the bloke you brought him in for.

Everton’s old nickname was ‘The School Of Science’ based we believe on the attractive style of football played by the team in the late 1920s.

It’s not exactly rocket science to see that Silva is falling short of the standards expected for a club with lofty aspirations that is woefully under-achieving.


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