Everton's new management team of Marcel Brands and Marco Silva addressed the media for the first time together this afternoon at USM Finch Farm, with the Dutchman formally introducing the club's new head coach.
Silva was confirmed as Ronald Koeman's long-term successor last Thursday and while he and Brands did exclusive interviews with evertontv, this was the first time they had faced the press and television cameras.
Brands himself was confirmed as Everton's new Director of Football on a three-year contract worth a reported £2m a year while Silva signed on for the same term but with what is said to be a £3m-a-year deal that could rise to £5m annually if he is successful in his new role.
I was not interested to go to other Premier League clubs. For me it was Everton. In England for me it was Everton.
“There were several reasons why we chose Marco,” Brands explained by way of introduction. “He's a young, modern coach with international experience and Premier League experience, one of the most important things when choosing a new manager for Everton.
“Players that worked with him were always very positive about him which is also a very important thing because he has to work with a lot of players. And he is also a coach that is aware of the Academy and wants to give young players a lot chances and thats also important.”
Silva, for his part, was asked what his ambitions are and why he thinks things will be different at Everton compared to his four previous roles, none of which lasted longer than a season.
“First, I'd like to say I'm very proud to be the new Everton manager,” the Portuguese said. “I'm excited, really happy and looking forward to start.
“There is a lot of things [we have to do]; I cannot tell you the first priority. It's an important moment to meet, to start to analyse everything, to start to get to know with each other, to start to build a good relationship because that's really important to me.
“I joined not for one, two, three years but for something more. It's a big project, a big challenge for us as a technical staff as well.
“The club had a fantastic approach. They showed how big the project is as well; it's a huge club , a huge story behind us as well and at the end everything that's important is the results.
“We need to do something to more — to develop the club, develop our players, to getting the club better every single day and this is our goal as well. Of course, I need to prove every day that I want to stay here.
“I've heard [over the past couple of years] while I was at Hull and Watford how much Everton wants to take the next step. We know that the next step is not something you can change in one or two months; it needs time.
“The first thing is to make our fans be proud of our team. This is really important for me — we need to build a strong connection between the team and them. I know because when I came here the last two seasons there's a fantastic atmosphere here. They really push the team.
“They are demanding and, for me, it's easy to understand why. Demanding fans reflect how big the club is and I felt that but we need to give them some good feelings as well because I'm sure that if they feel we are doing everything [we can] every single match then they will be proud of our team.
“I know what our fans expect and I know what they want to see every game from our team: big commitment, big attitude and always a big motivation and big ambitions as well and it's all obligation.
“Now is the moment to prove [ourselves] here.“