Everton have finally appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, seven months after first showing an interest in him.
The former Hull and Watford manager was heavily linked with taking over at Goodison Park in October 2017 following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, after what had been a dreadful start to the campaign.
David Unsworth was placed in temporary charge while the Toffees attempted to thrash out a deal with the Hornets regarding the release of the Portuguese manager, only to find their ever increasing offers of compensation met with stern resilience.
Everton finally admitted defeat in their chase of Silva, and with results having not improved under Unsworth and a relegation scrap looming, the Blues turned to Sam Allardyce and his anti-relegation powers.
While Big Sam kept up his proud record of never being relegated from the Premier League – guiding Everton to an eighth placed finish – the style of Football employed by the disgraced former England boss left the Goodison Park faithful demanding Allardyce’s sacking.
They eventually got what they wanted a earlier this month, and after several weeks of speculation and negotiation, the club has now confirmed that Marco Silva has signed a three year deal to become their new manager
Silva will be joined by his staff – assistant manager João Pedro, goalkeeping coach Hugo Olivera, technical scout Antonis Lemonakis and fitness coach Pedro Conceição – and will work closely with new director of football, Marcel Brandts, who recently arrived from PSV Eindhoven.