Everton have sacked Marco Silva after Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby left them 18th in the Premier League.
The club confirmed his departure on Thursday evening along with members of his staff after lengthy talks with club owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright at their Finch Farm training ground.
Duncan Ferguson is set to take temporary charge of the first team ahead of Saturday’s game against Chelsea with Everton saying “the club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible”.
It is understood that Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira is the club’s number one target to replace Silva with former Toffees boss David Moyes also considered.
The Scot, who previously managed Everton from 2002-2013, has been out of work since leaving West Ham in the summer of 2018.
Silva arrived in May 2018 and led Everton to an eighth-place finish last season – but they are currently on a run of one win in six and have just 14 points from 15 Premier League games this season.
The Portuguese was also heavily backed in the transfer market, spending £120m in the summer, adding to the level of expectancy and pressure on Silva to deliver a top-six finish this season.
Silva’s last stand in numbers
Silva is the first Everton manager to concede five league goals against Liverpool in a single match since Howard Kendall in November 1982 (5-0 against Bob Paisley’s side)
Everton find themselves in the relegation zone after playing at least 15 Premier League matches for the first time since April 1999 (after 32 games).
Wednesday’s Merseyside derby loss was only the second time in 1,053 Premier League games Everton have conceded four first-half goals (vs Arsenal in February 2018)
The Toffees have spent just four seasons outside of the top flight in their 132-year history and have been an ever-present since 1954 as concern grows they could face a relegation battle after dropping into the bottom three after 15 games for the first time since April 1999.
Everton face a daunting run of fixtures over the festive period – hosting Chelsea on Saturday and also facing Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in their next six league games, before travelling to Anfield again to face Liverpool in the FA Cup third round.
Silva: Thursday’s Sacking Timeline
9:00: Marco Silva arrives at Everton’s training ground Finch Farm following last night’s Merseyside defeat.
11:00: Sky Sports News understands a decision on Marco Silva’s future as Everton manager expected today.
12:30: Confirmed owner Farhad Moshiri is expected on Merseyside for discussions with Silva.
12:45: Chairman Bill Kenwright believed to have left his offices.
13:30: Board members, including Sasha Ryazantsev, arrive at Finch Farm.
14:10: Farhad Moshiri arrives at Runcorn station but will not answer questions on whether he is heading to Finch Farm to meet with Silva.
14:30: Moshiri arrives at Finch Farm.
14:35: Sky Sports News understands a number of managers are still being considered as Marco Silva’s successor with former manager David Moyes just one of the names on the list.
15:28: Sky Sports News understand Everton’s players have been asked to stay behind after training where they will be addressed by Moshiri.
16:00: Bill Kenwright seen arriving at Finch Farm.
17:00-19:00: Sky Sports News confirm Moshiri, Kenwright and Silva remain at Finch Farm.
19:17: Sky Sports News understands Everton have sacked Marco Silva
‘Everton were too big for Silva’
Former Everton defender Kevin Ratcliffe says Everton were possibly too big for Silva, and was surprised at how long they took to sack him.
“I thought it might have happened a little bit sooner, maybe a couple of weeks ago,” he said.
“Losing away to Aston Villa, losing at home to Sheffield United and then obviously Norwich at home which I think was the icing on the cake.
“Things didn’t look right there. I think the club was maybe too big for him and maybe he didn’t realise the job in hand.”
Sky Sports News’ Alan Myers
“Everyone that thinks Everton’s problems will go away because Marco Silva has been sacked, they’re kidding themselves.
“There’s a lot of work to do. It can never be about just the manager. The players, the board and the staff need to have a look at themselves and think about what they can do to be better.
“From what we hear, Farhad Moshiri had that meeting with the players today and asked that very question – what can they do differently to help and to change things?
“This is a problem that I think runs deeper than Marco Silva. He’s inherited problems from previous managers, previous recruitment issues. It’s a time of change at Everton and that needs to be taken into account.”
What went wrong for Silva?
The axe has fallen on Marco Silva after Everton’s chastening 5-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
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