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Silva: We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans

Everton confirmed the worst kept secret in football today when they announced Marco Silva as their new manager.

Toffees fans began this season full of optimism with new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri heavily backing the club’s then manager Ronald Koeman during the summer transfer market.

However, Everton began the campaign in rotten form and Koeman was sacked in October with the Goodison Park outfit hovering around the relegation zone.

The Toffees board moved for Silva who was managing Watford at the time, but the Hornets rebuffed their attempts to lure him away from Vicarage Road, with Everton eventually forced into a marriage of convenience with Sam Allardyce.

Although Big Sam did guide Everton to safety and finish in a respectable eighth place in the Premier League, his direct brand of football was massively unpopular with the Goodison Park faithful and he was sacked as soon as the season ended.

Silva has now vowed to play the type of attacking football that will once again see synergy between the clubs player and fans.

“I know what our fans expect – they expect results but not only results. I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch. I want them to feel that we are committed, that we are working hard and enjoying our football because that is important as well.

“We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe.

“Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the club. The club is changing its approach. But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the club.”

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