Marco Silva has responded to questions over his commitment by insisting that he came to Everton with stability and longevity in mind.
The Portuguese faced the television, radio and press media for the first time since being confirmed as the Blues' new manager alongside Director of Football, Marcel Brands, at Finch Farm today where the pair spelled out their immediate priorities.
Silva deflected questions over the circumstances of his eventual departure from Watford and joked about trying to sign Hornets forward Richarlison for his new team but he wanted to make it clear that he is prepared to stay at Goodison Park beyond the three years covered by his current contract in order to make what he describes as a “big project” a success.
Since leaving Estoril after three years in charge, the 40-year-old has not spent more than a season at any of the four clubs he subsequently managed, although there were, arguably, mitigating or understandable circumstances in each case.
He was sacked by Sporting in his home country after overseeing just two league defeats and guiding the Lions to triumph in the domestic cup, officially because he refused to wear an official club blazer in an earlier round of the latter competition.
Recent incidents at the Lisbon club and the allegations made against its controversial owner Bruno de Carvalho have put a new perspective on why Silva was fired, not least the suggestion that he had already lined up a replacement.
Silva spent the following season at Olympiakos, winning all but two games and running away with the league title by a margin of 30 points, but was dismissed during pre-season of the following summer because, as the owners put it, they saw a change in his behaviour. Silva was said to have been approached by Porto and had his head turned in much the same way as it appeared to be by Everton last autumn when he was still at Watford.
That apparent flightiness was put to him during today's presser and again during the breakout interview with the print media and on both occasions he stressed his desire and need to stay put for a few years.
“I joined not for one, two, three years but for something more,” he said in the televised portion of the press conference. “It's a big project, a big challenge for us as a technical staff as well.”
Asked if he would be looking to move at the first sign interest from elsewhere, he restated his case.
“The answer is no. I know what you want to ask. I understand. When you talk about people you are talking about our fans? Yeah? OK. The answer for them is clear — no.
“I am here, I enjoy now, I am here clear. Stability is something the club needs. I need it as well, for my career.”