Boa Morte confirmed as Silva’s No.2

Friday, 7 June, 2019 30comments  |  Jump to last
Former Premier League forward Luis Boa Morte has become the new assistant manager at Everton the club have confirmed..

The Blues were in search of a replacement for João Pedro Sousa who was officially unveiled as the new head coach at Famalicão last weekend and Silva is said to want someone well versed in the English football.

Boa Morte, who spent this past season in an assistant role at Maccabi Haifa in Israel, had spells at Arsenal, Southampton, West Ham and Fulham during his player career and once lodged a formal complaint of racial abuse against Duncan Ferguson.

“I'm very happy to be joining Everton, a big club with so much history and tradition'” Boa Morte said. “I'm excited to be working again with the manager, Marco Silva, who is a great coach and I would like to thank him for providing me with such a big opportunity.”

This story has been updated from a Rumour Mill item published on 2nd June  

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David Tennant
1 Posted 02/06/2019 at 07:06:28
In Brands and Silva we trust.
Bill Gienapp
2 Posted 02/06/2019 at 07:52:03
"... and once lodged a formal complaint of racial abuse against Duncan Ferguson." Ha ha - oh, that's perfect.

I certainly won't begrudge Sousa getting an opportunity, though being selfish, I'd rather have maintained as much continuity as possible heading into next season.

Ray Roche
3 Posted 02/06/2019 at 08:05:22
We must have run out of ex-players to appoint! 😁
Len Hawkins
4 Posted 02/06/2019 at 09:54:48
I suppose the love of pigeons could bring them together, Dunc races them and Mrs Boa Morte (dead snake??) makes a mean pigeon en croute.
Mike Allison
5 Posted 02/06/2019 at 10:27:21
He once bit David Weir, or tried to.

I’ve never booed our own assistant manager before.

Clive Rogers
6 Posted 02/06/2019 at 10:50:48
Mike, was that Dunc or Boa Morte?
Mike Allison
7 Posted 02/06/2019 at 12:19:13
Boa Morte bites, Dunc’s more of a ‘drop the nut’ man.
Derek Knox
8 Posted 02/06/2019 at 12:37:13
I'd rather see Monty Python come to us than a 'dead snake' – nice one, Len.
Justin Doone
10 Posted 02/06/2019 at 22:21:58
He was an arse, big headed and a selfish player from what I remember. Somewhat of a fragile hot headed temperament.

I understand coaches are not necessarily the same as they were as players but he's not the kind of character I'd chose to have around especially when we want a positive TEAM environment if the going gets tough.

Justin Doone
11 Posted 02/06/2019 at 23:39:36
I don't believe they necessarily need Premier league experience but to through an ex players name into the ring it will be interesting to see how well Phil Nevilles England team do at the women's world cups.

His on the pitch leadership was probably his biggest strength.

Derek Knox
12 Posted 03/06/2019 at 09:25:58
Has Tim Cahill got his Coaching Qualifications? We could do a lot worse than getting Timmy in, but as there is no history or association with Marco Silva himself, I doubt whether this would ever happen.

Not sure how this works, is it Silva's choice who takes over from Sousa (?), after all, the Coaching Set-Up are predominantly his boys that he brought with him when appointed in the first place. Be interesting to see what develops with that appointment.

Brian Harrison
13 Posted 03/06/2019 at 09:41:22
I know managers like to bring in their own men, but surely shouldnt David Unsworth be top of the list to become our new head coach. He has proved his coaching ability winning the league on a couple of occasions with the Under 23s.
Jack Convery
14 Posted 03/06/2019 at 17:15:42
The touchline will be interesting if this is true and he's still the hot head he was as a player. The type of guy who would have run after Klopp when he ran on the pitch at Anfield after that goal and given him what for.
Derek Knox
15 Posted 04/06/2019 at 09:51:35
There could be something in this story, which I almost dismissed before as journalistic close season gap filling. I have seen it more than once now on different sources and not the Daily Star/Sun usual drivel.

Although I must admit, it does seem a strange partnership, to the best of my knowledge Silva and Boa Morte have never played together or had any football related liaison.

Perhaps someone may know more about this story, be interesting, and as someone has mentioned why wasn't Unsworth considered?

Derek Taylor
16 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:14:01
Farewell to Fergie ere long, me thinks !
Steve Ferns
17 Posted 07/06/2019 at 17:46:46
I was listening to the Echo Podcast. One of the lads had done research on Silva and saw he worked with Boa Morte at Sporting so he asked Marco about this. Marco said that he was a good friend and a good coach. This was ages ago, apparently. If Marco knew nothing of JP’s departure, then this makes sense. The number 2 really does need to be a mate, as they spend so much time together and so they can’t not get along, and also he needs to be a good coach he can trust. Sounds like a good move. Then again it could just be Echo propaganda.

My only reason to be cynical is that LBM was the under 19s coach at Sporting for the year Silva was there. So you have to wonder how often their paths crossed and if he really was a good coach why it’s only now he’s hiring him, surely he had enough to get him last year (when appointed at Everton) or the year before (Watford).

Anyway, I do feel more reassured after listening to the echo reporter as JP Sousa leaving is a bigger deal than most think it is and I was a little worried to be honest.

Joe McMahon
18 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:57:21
I welcome this, attacking background and never played for Everton.
Christy Ring
19 Posted 07/06/2019 at 18:58:24
As a player he won the double with Arsenal, mainly from the bench, but skillful with plenty of pace, he might bring a new freshness, and no harm having a hot head on the line, to gee up the players.
Martin Nicholls
20 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:34:07
As Mike Allison infers, he was a nasty snide of a player - a quality you might like if he was one or our own and maybe a good one to have within the management team.
As an aside, presumably Sousa was on a (minimum) three year contract. As we well know, had the whole management team have been sacked, he would have received compensation - have we received compensation for his early departure? Has his new club been accused of tapping up?
Mike Doyle
21 Posted 07/06/2019 at 19:35:45
The son of a guy I work with was at Fulham’s Academy a few years back. LBM was a coach there at the time - he tells me he was an excellent coach. Hope he still is.
Harry Wallace
22 Posted 07/06/2019 at 21:07:00
Very random appointment
Andrew Ellams
23 Posted 07/06/2019 at 21:14:02
Harry, I think they've worked together before.
John Raftery
24 Posted 07/06/2019 at 21:51:01
They did work together before; as others have noted they were both at Sporting Lisbon. The new assistant was always going to be a Portuguese with a command of English and preferably some experience of the Premier League.

It will be interesting to see if Boa Morte has a higher profile than Sousa and how this appointment affects Duncan Ferguson’s role.

Dan Parker
25 Posted 07/06/2019 at 22:46:11
A former attacking player as #2, bodes well for the team philosophy. Everton leading the way with diversity too.
Anton Walsh
26 Posted 08/06/2019 at 08:17:42
At the time he accused Duncan it was so obviously a load of shite. He played the race card and nowt happened to Duncan. Snhydie horror but, if he does well, all will be forgotten.
Alan J Thompson
27 Posted 08/06/2019 at 11:16:48
Perhaps a No.2 who is not an old mate or one of the boys might be what is needed to see alternatives.
Joe Corgan
28 Posted 08/06/2019 at 12:58:08
What’s Nuno Valente doing these days? :)
Justin Doone
29 Posted 09/06/2019 at 23:01:05
Oh Boa-y we could be in for some interesting touchline 'banter'.

I'd things start of well or otherwise I'm sure this appointment will be looked at and commented on plenty.

For me the he's a bad egg that could ruin the basket but I do like a more vocal coach especially when the team need to be told to up their game. Silva can be a little to quiet at times.

Phil Malone Jnr
30 Posted 10/06/2019 at 23:30:22
Remember him as a player, as long as he's a decent coach, who cares. But I would love to see the first handshake with Big Dunc...
Len Hawkins
31 Posted 12/06/2019 at 09:59:08
If Big Dunc stays in charge of Cone Arrangement I can see the cones being filled with concrete.

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