After a season of discontent, Everton fan’s have been filled with a renewed sense of optimism since the announcement that Marco Silva has taken over the reigns as manager of the Merseyside club.
It seems that it is not only the Toffees faithful who are looking forward to the arrival of the 40-year-old however, with the club’s players also looking forward to working with the Portuguese coach.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka has revealed that Silva’s talents as a coach are well known, and he is hopeful that the former Watford boss can stay at Goodison Park for the long term:
“Everyone I’ve spoken to about him has said they’ve really enjoyed playing under him,” Jagielka said.
“I’ve got a few good friends at Watford and Hull and I haven’t heard a bad word said about him. He’s got high standards. He’ll expect us to work hard and train hard – and he’ll let us know exactly what he expects from us.
“I know the players and the fans will all get behind him. We have a new manager and new ideas and everyone will be super excited.
“He’s obviously seen the potential and how much of a big club we are and that’s why he wanted to come here. He’s a young manager too. We have enjoyed having managers here for long periods in the past – it gives us solidity and I believe we can move forward in the years to come.”