Silva's Number 2 heads to Portugal for managerial role

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Everton Assistant Manager, Joao Pedro Sousa has taken up a managerial role in his native Portugal, the club have now confirmed.

Marco Silva's Number 2 has apparently been offered a two-year contract at newly-promoted Famalicao.

Sousa has worked with Silva at each of his five most recent clubs, including Everton and the pair were also teammates at Trofense during the late 1990s.

Quotes sourced from The Telegraph

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 18/05/2019 at 01:09:14
I see this story is now being reported in some more of the reputable press, but it seems to come from the same original source.

This is something to worry about. Joao Pedro is a massive part of the management team. Silva said himself how much he relies on Joao Pedro. He’s been with him since the start at Estoril. They were teammates and they’ve worked together at every club from Estoril to Everton.

Silva has a small team. Hugo Oliveira looks after the keepers. Goncarlo Pedro is the fitness coach. Then there’s the Benfica lab guy, the head of performance, Bruno Mendes. Silva added Antonis Lemonakis after working with him at Olympiacos and he’s head of analytics.

Which leaves Silva, JP and Pedro Conceição as the ones who actually do the proper coaching. Sure Duncan Ferguson is also a first team coach. But you can see how silva losing his trusted right hand man, friend and top lieutenant will have a big impact.

As for who will be the new assistant manager, my money is on Pedro Conceição, and I would expect an addition from Portuguese football to come in.

I wouldn’t be surprised though if JP is given a pay rise to persuade him to stay.

I thought Klopp, who relied on his assistant far more than Silva does, would have suffered following the permanent departure of his trusted lieutenant, but no, he’s gone from strength to strength. Maybe Silva can utilise this as an opportunity to get some new blood into his team and improve them as a result.

Derek Knox
2 Posted 18/05/2019 at 01:48:39
Steve, I have seen it on several sites about this, so it could have some substance. Like you say this would initiate a backroom staff shuffle.
Mike Gaynes
3 Posted 18/05/2019 at 03:36:05
Steve... longshot idea... Cocu?

He's friends with both Brands and Silva, and his star has crashed after his disaster at Fenerbahçe. He might well accept an assistant's job in the Prem, where he was openly interested in working.

Derek Knox
4 Posted 18/05/2019 at 05:09:15
Good idea although we have had enough Cocu-ps in the past to last us a lifetime.
Charlie Dixon
5 Posted 18/05/2019 at 07:14:56
Poor that Derek!
Brian Williams
6 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:18:34
Haha, nice one Derek.
Jamie Crowley
7 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:07:50
Is there a pun you’ve met you DIDN’T like Derek?
Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:43:10
Give the Assistant position to Colin Harvey, it worked last time.
Jeff Armstrong
9 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:30:42
Leon Osman, looks like Joao's son, few would notice the change!

Derek Wadeson
10 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:43:36
Derek Wadeson
11 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:48:22
I believe Marco Silva has been quoted as wanting a replacement with Premier League experience. I think he could do worse than having a chat with David Weir, someone who not only gets the Premier League but also gets Everton as well
Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:48:25
I feel like things went downhill when Alan Irvine left as Moyes number 2. We had just finished 5th and the new number 2 Steve Round on arriving said "we are aiming for top 6." Nice, so right off the bat we are lowering the bar. Ancelotti went downhill once his English buddy left for Derby, Mourinho lost his two at United, but on the other hand Ferguson lost Archie Knox and went from strength to strength.
Stephen Davies
13 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:03:41
Iain Johnston
15 Posted 19/05/2019 at 08:39:08
Kieran (#12), about Moyes, my thoughts entirely. Irvine was the attack-minded side of the coin.

It's more than possible that this is just another way of attempting to unsettle one of the more realistic clubs with aspirations to do more than just sit there and be grateful for their lot in life – they've linked our best players with the world and his wife so now it's the turn of the coaching staff.

We'll have Brands linked to Man Utd next due to their 'crisis', board member or not, as someone has a photo of him and Frodo standing in the same terminal at Manchester Airport.

Drew O'Neall
16 Posted 19/05/2019 at 16:28:35
If not Unsworth a reshuffle might make a place available for a Jags or Baines lower down the bench.
David Ellis
17 Posted 21/05/2019 at 03:00:49
Get the best available replacement. This is a key position. Ex-players to come into the coaching staff only on merit (and if no relevant coaching experience perhaps they should cut their teeth elsewhere first!).
Steve Ferns
18 Posted 02/06/2019 at 19:12:38
Good day to bury this news with many blues trying to live in a black hole and avoiding all things football.

As my post above, I think this is a very important development and Silva needs to appoint someone quickly. And no, not Unsworth or some other blue, it needs to be someone on his wavelength, not a forced relationship. Can anyone think of any forced relationship that ever worked? I can’t think of any.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 02/06/2019 at 19:33:51
This is bad news. Assistants are hugely important to the way a managers philosophy is executed and losing someone who knows Silva and his tactics so well when we are desperately seeking consistency is far from ideal.
Justin Doone
20 Posted 02/06/2019 at 21:39:32
Think more arranged than forced but although I do think this falls in to the managers / head coach responsibility I do think Brands needs to be ok with it too.

If Silva is the attack minded coach we may need a more defensive minded number 2.

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