Marco Silva has brushed off criticism from former interim Everton boss, Sam Allardyce, saying he isn't interested in opinions about his team if they aren't born of a love of the club.
Allardyce, who was in charge between December 2017 and May last year before being let go to pave the way for Silva's appointment, hasn't been shy about talking about his short-lived Goodison tenure and he used the occasion of the Blues' New Year'sDay defeat to Leicester to suggest that the grass wasn't greener under the Portuguese's more expansive style of football.
“You can talk about playing it out from the back and attractive football, but you will never survive as Ronald Koeman and Roberto Martinez learnt,” Allardyce said. “They all played so-called better football than me, but they didn't survive.”
Silva questioned whether Allardyce had “an agenda” with his comments and he was dismissive of his predecessor with his rebuttal.
“My style? How I dress? My hair? Ah, my style of football,” Silva quipped. “I am not here to make comments about him. You have to look at whether these people love Everton, if they want Everton really winning, if they want some stability inside the club?
“If there are real Everton fans talking like that, then maybe we have to be aware and to look at it, but if some people don't want good results, just instability within our club, they are not worth listening to.
“If it is David Moyes, maybe I would listen because he did something really important at this club.
“If somebody loves our club and they are not happy, OK. I see a person who loves our club and wants us to win. If not, I do not care. In this case, it is not important at all.
“This club needs stability, our players need stability and confidence,” said Silva. “What is important for us as a club is what is happening inside. Don't be aware of what people say if they have another agenda. We cannot live up and down all the time. Even if we have a fantastic run, then a run which is not so good, we have to think of the whole scenario, not just the last few weeks.”
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1 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:04:39
2 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:07:07
3 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:29:03
The grass is greener because you are nowhere near the grass. If it was possible I would have your name removed from all records at EFC.
4 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:35:03
5 Posted 07/01/2019 at 07:44:07
6 Posted 07/01/2019 at 08:00:32
7 Posted 07/01/2019 at 08:13:18
Arsehole didn't mind trousering millions, tough, did he? Shitbag.
8 Posted 07/01/2019 at 08:57:08
We need more of it to get a bit of passion involved at the club and Silva has responded in the right way.
Listen, Allardyce came in to do what he was paid to do and he was kept more than happy in gravy rewards with that barnyard exhibit next to him Sammy Lee.
But it was a short era wed all rather forget.
9 Posted 07/01/2019 at 10:03:13
10 Posted 07/01/2019 at 10:14:36
11 Posted 07/01/2019 at 10:21:52
12 Posted 07/01/2019 at 11:25:36
13 Posted 07/01/2019 at 11:45:44
14 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:10:18
15 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:10:57
16 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:29:40
17 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:35:40
18 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:46:51
Fair play to Marco, good response. Just need some results now
19 Posted 07/01/2019 at 12:52:22
20 Posted 07/01/2019 at 13:41:08
22 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:09:50
23 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:23:41
But this twat set up teams with absolutely no interest in playing an exciting game. Things haven't been so good this past few games but at least there has been some enjoyment this season.
Winging dick should remember his payout and jog the fuck on.
24 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:31:21
25 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:36:42
I agree. I hate responding to a thread on Sam when I feel like far too many have an unhealthy obsession with the man. But, he is out of work so is doing punditry. People are bound to ask him about Everton.
He didn't say anything outrageous in my view. Keep in mind, he had to field questions about Silva being better than him while he was the Everton manager.
Now their roles have ben reversed, he is getting the same kind of questions, so he probably does feel a bit smug looking at our season. Doesn't make him a villain; just shows he is a little prideful and probably hurt.
26 Posted 07/01/2019 at 14:56:00
27 Posted 07/01/2019 at 15:01:24
Martinez and Koeman both tried the Barca style, but it was really pushing square pegs into round holes, because we simply didn't have enough good players. So it did indeed start to go wrong for them, and they didn't know how to cope.
And frankly, despite some improvements, we still don't have enough good players. I like Silva, but I think that unless and until he's able to recruit better players, we'll have to accept that Everton are not going to be that good.
28 Posted 07/01/2019 at 15:01:27
Silva should be working out shit like getting Pickford to come off his line in a zonal system. At free-kicks and corners, the lad is rooted because the of the system? Potentially, I think so...
Why his teams cannot breakdown defensives sides? Does playing Gana limit our ability to beat these sides?
Does playing players woefully out of form and belatedly pulling them out help them or their replacements?
Rather than cheap points-scoring comments to make himself look better.
29 Posted 07/01/2019 at 15:52:59
Playing out from the back = that thing called passing, something we saw very little of when you were helping yourself to extras in the Goodison lounge.
Go for it Marco lad and get back in yer cave Hippo!
30 Posted 07/01/2019 at 15:58:15
Silva and Brands have so far bought 6 and 1 on loan, sold 11 and found teams for 16 who either needed experience elsewhere or who he could not sell in the short term. I think they have done fairly well.
The worst result, Tottenham, was not as bad as I thought. The first goal was a mistake by Pickford; the second a decent save by Pickford that went straight to Alli whose shot went through Coleman's legs and then went through Pickford's legs. The third came off the post in an area full of Everton players, straight to Kane: 3-1. The fourth was a poor header by Coleman which should have been in Row Z, not straight to Eriksen; the fifth was initially offside by Son whose shot then went through Pickford's legs. The sixth was their only decent goal.
We scored two good goals, had one disallowed, and were inches away from another when Sigurdson missed Richarlison's early header by inches.
Not all the Manager's fault.
31 Posted 07/01/2019 at 16:22:02
As the old adage goes; "Winners can smile and losers can please themselves."
32 Posted 07/01/2019 at 16:38:50
33 Posted 07/01/2019 at 16:58:52
34 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:01:02
Exactly. Take the moral high ground instead of letting the trash media lure you into a pointless sniping match. I hope Moyes doesn't take Silva up on his suggestion of him making suggestions. Moyes is no better than Sam with banging on about how he was hard done by at Man Utd. He is probably ready to mix it up with a whinge about how Everton never had it better than in his day.
On another point though why does Sam always have the prefix "fat?" Everyone was up in arms when Joey Barton called Unsie fat. I feel like we should be fair here and refer to fat Sharpy, Fat Snods, Chubby faced Stuart...
35 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:11:46
Given the choice, I'd have neither of them.
36 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:11:55
This is a man who while managing West Ham, when he realized Gold and Sullivan would not extend his contract, decided to wind up the West Ham fans by talking up his plans for the following season. No class, no integrity, but has made a fortune from playing brain dead football.
37 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:18:38
He lacked ambition to play this way against the top 4 sides and his approach, especially in away games against these teams, was atrocious.
He was more pragmatic at times during his reign when dictated by the players he had. It was not surprising that he played to the strengths of Fellaini and Cahill for attacking play when all he had was Vellios, Stracqualursi and Magaye Gueye as alternatives.
38 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:23:58
I think Claude Puel is the French Moyes. He seems to know what he has doing, allows more flair than he is given credit for, gets some impressive results, but is also susceptible to dreadful cup upsets.
39 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:38:57
Well good for him. Be nice to see us a bit more all together rather than spending a much higher % of our time being critical.
Jaysus, play even that interview and Goodison before a game and you would have the atmosphere back straight away. And the players would be better. Much better.
40 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:44:43
41 Posted 07/01/2019 at 17:49:52
42 Posted 07/01/2019 at 18:04:06
44 Posted 07/01/2019 at 18:18:14
Don't forget that Marcus Bent was our striker as well.
45 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:07:00
In the Anfield derby last season, I felt ashamed (apart from being amused by Klopp losing it).
In the Anfield derby this season, I felt the opposite, and felt I was seeing one of the best Everton sides in a long time.
That's my measure of the difference between Silva and Allardyce, who's a cheeky sod.
46 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:46:08
Reality is that Sam got us to a position of safety and has made a lot of money by getting teams back to basics after players heads have been blown apart by mad cap tactics.
Would big Sam or anyone have Kenny marking Harry Maguire on corners or Baines trying to mark that massive ale house who came on as sub for Lincoln?
Results will dictate how long Silva is in the hot seat for and nothing else.
47 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:49:26
48 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:52:28
Spurs could have scored double figures that day.
49 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:53:06
The reality is that we were in a position of safety when Allardyce took over.
50 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:55:29
51 Posted 07/01/2019 at 19:57:34
52 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:15:13
53 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:20:32
I understand the concept. I just don't agree with it. We are vulnerable from set pieces. Common sense is that you go big for big. It's one of the factors of why we look weak.
We wouldn't have appointed him if we were safe. As much as I want to erase that 6 months, he did a job.
I bet Unsworth must be kicking himself for using his tenure as a job interview by trying to win games expansively rather than going back to basics.
54 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:37:54
Yes I think this is the tactic that Silva is trying to employ. Hence why the smaller and physically weaker players are doing this. Rather than just marking someone their own height for the sake of it.
I think this interview from Marco shows some of the class and single-mindedness I believe he has.
Yes, results and performances since the derby have been poor. But let's see how he can do from this point on. And let's support him. He's had one transfer window and hasn't signed a bad player as far as I can see.
A stuttering early round cup win over a poor side has previously been a decent catalyst for our club; let's hope it can happen again!
55 Posted 07/01/2019 at 20:52:08
57 Posted 07/01/2019 at 21:03:31
It seems clear to me that somebody, perhaps Moshiri(?), made a panic appointment. However, like Unsworth, Allardyce gave us a return of about 1.4 points per match. A very expensive mistake, imo.
58 Posted 07/01/2019 at 21:27:22
59 Posted 07/01/2019 at 21:29:27
Silva has to be given time. He's not a miracle worker (at least not right now, maybe a Silva lining this season would be great). He's got work to do. There's a few years of shite to clear up as well him and Brands need to sort.
Daniel (#13), same feelings here too. He wasn't at all class.
60 Posted 08/01/2019 at 00:08:26
Concentrate on doing the job you were employed to do. The job you are so far making a mess of...
61 Posted 08/01/2019 at 19:59:30
I'm glad when the manager of my club comes out fighting for himself and therefore the club; what do people want? A quiet diplomat? He's a football manager – not the fuckin' Prime Minister.
62 Posted 08/01/2019 at 23:25:22
"Allardyce, loathe him or loathe him, . . . ."
Kind of limiting our choices here aren't you? Tell you what, I will pick the latter and agree with the former as both being equally good choices.
63 Posted 09/01/2019 at 17:14:03
Marco, be your own man. Do not be played psychologically by this or any other cretin.
I detested him as a player, I detested him as a manager elsewhere, I detested him as England manager and his appointment to beloved Everton was (in My heart) far, far worse than relegation.
Be your own man, Marco.
64 Posted 10/01/2019 at 14:21:35
65 Posted 10/01/2019 at 14:50:19
I think Richard @27 sums our situation up very well when he says we need better players if we want open football in tandem with winning football.
Personally, give me winning football over pretty stuff every day of the week.
66 Posted 10/01/2019 at 16:49:42
"The football under Big Sam was awful, if you could call it football."
Hats off to the lad, I hope he comes back good and challenging Sigurdsson for his spot.
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