everton manager Marco Silva

The reaction to Marco Silva’s sacking by Everton following Liverpool drubbing

Everton have parted ways with manager Marco Silva, 18 months after the Portuguese took charge of the Merseyside club. 

The Toffees are currently sitting in the relegation zone, third from bottom of the Premier League table, after they received a 5-2 drubbing from local rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.

That result left the club with just 14 points from the opening 15 matches of the season, with just one win in their last five games, and an increasing anxiety about their status in the top flight.

Silva leaves the club with a win percentage of 40% and a points-per-game of 1.28. According to Opta, their 14-point tally is their joint-third worst in the competition after 15 matches.

Everton released a statement on Thursday evening confirming the manager’s departure from the club, in which they thanked him “for his service over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.” They also confirmed that Duncan Ferguson will be taking charge of the first team until a permanent successor can be found.

The reaction to Silva’s firing has been somewhat more mixed than one might have expected, with many showing sympathy while at the same time acknowledging that it was the right decision.

The club spent an awful lot of money on transfers to improve the squad in the time Silva has been in charge, but the results have not followed. However, Idrissa Gana Gueye, one of their key players last season, was sold to PSG, while Kurt Zouma returned to Chelsea after spending last season on loan. Neither player was replaced, greatly weakening the back six.

There’s also a recognition among supporters that, while Silva was probably not the man to bring back the glory days of Everton, there are deeper problems with how the club is run, such as poor recruitment, that means whoever takes over will have similar problems to his predecessor.

There is also a sense that the hierarchy have not treated their former manager properly throughout this whole process, including waiting until late this evening to give him his marching orders after he was at the club’s training base the entire day.

And of course, fans of a certain club couldn’t help but twist the knife a little bit.

David Moyes has been widely tipped for a return to the club, but the bookmakers are also providing odds on Rafael Benitez, Mark Hughes, and former Everton players Phil Neville and Mikel Arteta.

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