14 days in the bottom 3…

I posted on another thread about the basic statistics of our current situation. But now I am going to update it and it makes even worse reading.

David Cooper 06/10/2019 43comments  |  Jump to last
So we have 14 days to contemplate being in the relegation zone. Not sure how long it is since we were there, but I am sure someone more knowledgeable than I am will tell me. I posted on another thread about the basic statistics of our current situation. But now I am going to update it and it makes even worse reading.

I admit to not being a lover of statistics but taking more than a passing interest in baseball, I know that a batter with a batting average of 0.400 over a long period of time will be considered to be a Hall of Famer.

Stats don't lie. They take out the emotional and gut-feeling nature of who is doing well or who is not. So, after 8 games, we are in the shit. Is this a big enough sample to draw a meaningful decision? I think so.

I don't care if you like or dislike Marco Silva- forget the emotion or if you have bigged him up previously (no names!) with tales of his exploits in Estoril.

Here are a few facts that make uncomfortable reading after 8 games — which is more than a 5th of the season — given the fact that:

1. We are in the relegation zone.

2. We have suffered four consecutive Premier League defeats.

3. We have conceded 15 goals with only 6 scored.

4. There are 9 teams above us who we would expect to be above.

5. 15 teams in total that have a better record.

6. We have a Minus-7 goal difference.

7. We still have only played one of the Sky big six... maybe not so relevant this year as that exclusive club seems to be disintegrating, providing an opportunity missed by us — but not by Leicester, Wolves, Burnley and West Ham.

8. We have spent upwards of £450 million in the last few years.

9. We have a defence that is a shambles. Not a stat but an observation! How many goals conceded from set-pieces? Unable to correct a mistake that everyone else can see!

10. Silva has spent nearly all of his time in the Premier League managing teams that have been in the bottom half of the table.

11. He is stubborn. His coaching philosophy is not flexible. Evidence he only changes his approach when we are losing and even then they make no sense. Why take off Calvert-Lewin, who has at least scored recently?

12. We only have 7 points after 8 games. Carry on like this… even I can do the maths. That makes less than 38 by the end of the season and relegation.

Stats like these do not lie! They are reality!

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Dick Fearon
1 Posted 07/10/2019 at 03:06:32
Let's hear from those who were jumping for joy at Silva's appointment. I wonder what other no-marks they would like to foist on us? I sincerely wish that in future they keep their opinions to themselves.

To think that because of a previous connection with Liverpool, some on here would not have a European Cup-winning manager whose family was already happily based locally. Lord, give me strength!

Henry Lloyd
2 Posted 07/10/2019 at 03:15:11
Yes, David, an extremely damning and accurate account of pure facts! I have been absolutely slated on here for my constant moaning and complaining about Marco Silva. I will not even go down the "I Told You So" route... but I told everyone so 5 months ago what would happen...

Do I like the fact that I am right? No, I bloody do not.

Very Simply, Silva must be sacked for his own good because now 100s of thousands of fans have woken up Monday morning to this stark reality!!

Getting rid of him today is the perfect and historically the correct time to dismiss him (as we have time to at least speak to a possible successor) and his woeful coaching methods and team.

I can only pray that we bring in an experienced proven Manager at this level because your observations prove beyond any reasonable doubt that this is a face-saving season and the probability of relegation is extremely high if the Board do not act immediately. They must act today!!!

What a sorry sad state for this wonderful football club to be in!!

Jay Harris
3 Posted 07/10/2019 at 03:25:48
I don’t think it’s his connection with the RS so much as his belittling of our club in a very arrogant manner.

Now don’t get me wrong I think he is head and shoulders above Silva but I would question his integrity if he took the job and I wouldn’t want us to approach him and be rejected. That really would make us a laughing stock.

There are plenty of good managers that I’m sure would be interested.

We just have to make the right choice based on substance not gut feel or hearsay.

Darren Hind
4 Posted 07/10/2019 at 04:54:51

Your pointing in the wrong direction mate. I wasnt one who particularly wanted Silva, but I would never blame those who advocated him. They merely gave an opinion. They were not part of the selection process.
One of the most knowledgeable posters on this site put forward a very strong case for Silva. He still harbors hopes he will turn it round. He will be as disappointed as anybody at our current plight.

I cant believe you can be so critical of others then suggest a washed up ex RS manager who nobody else seems to want.. My memory isn't that clear regarding events at Newcastle, but didn't they pay him a kings randsome to get them out of a similar position to the one we are in and still go down ?.

Managers are like boxers. When the sun sets on their glory days They very rarely (if ever) come back.

Jay Harris is on the money. This may not mean much to those living outside the City, but the Kopites are pissing themselves laughing at the very idea. They are desperate for us to offer him the job and for him to turn his nose up at it.
They no longer need need to find material to make Blue lives miserable. . Our club hands it to them on a fucking plate.

I really am struggling to come to terms with this notion. That its gathering strength worries the fuck out of me. The fans of this club have been at civil war for thirty years and we've got people suggesting we bring in a manager who is already detested by the overwhelming majority.

We will all have our own personal choices when/if Silva leaves, but please. knock this fucking nonsense on the head

Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 07/10/2019 at 05:15:57
Dick, we all have opinions, and we are all going to be proven wrong at some point. If everyone who expressed an opinion that proved erroneous followed your dictum of staying quiet, there wouldn’t be anyone left. Let’s be clear, nobody on TW hired this manager, and nobody here should take the blame for it.

With regards to Benitez, I cannot offer a credible opinion on whether he is the best of the candidates to replace Silva – I lack the expertise. But if the bosses do decide that he is the best choice, I hope and expect that they wouldn’t steer away from him merely because of an insult expressed in 2007. I also believe they are smart enough to do enough legwork with any managerial candidate to determine in advance whether they are at risk of being turned down. I can’t speak for Merseyside, but I think the whole world will laugh if we offer the job to A prominent candidate and get ourselves rejected.

Jack Convery
6 Posted 07/10/2019 at 06:42:27
Benitez would want total control and with Brands here that won't be allowed. Therefore I cannot see it happening. I would be very surprised if Moshiri wasn't talking to Brands about a possible replacement. This is a season of real opportunity with regards to the European places and an opportunity that we fail to take at our peril. Only EFC can have a crisis when only the RS are firing on all cylinders and positions in the top six are there for the taking - very Everton that.
Chris Perry
7 Posted 07/10/2019 at 06:45:13
From top 3 hopes v Bournemouth to bottom 3 actual v Burnley.
The man Silva is a joke, no clue what he should do, does not know his best 11.

For starters get rid of:

These are too slow to play Premier League football. Something Everton will not be doing with these 3 and Silva the clown in charge. Get rid of all 4!

Derek Thomas
8 Posted 07/10/2019 at 07:08:19
Only 14 days? Lightening doesn't often strike twice, so anybody expecting an automatic repeat of last years 4-0 drubbing of West Ham, complete with hat trick and 60yd worldie, best not hold their breath.
Kunal Desai
9 Posted 07/10/2019 at 07:16:58
A total fuck up over the summer. Knew the moment the transfer window shut we were inadeqately prepared for this season. No Zouma, no creative midielder and no proven striker brought in, despite the nonsense being reeled of before last season that we had identified players to move forward and business would be done early. Pure bullshit. The danger signs were there as soon as the season kicked off.

There is no dignity with this club, the fact they were desperate to employ Allardyce tells me they will resort to any measures. I would not be surprised if they do approach Benitez, only for him to turn us down as he doesn't want to manage 'a small club'

Dick Fearon
10 Posted 07/10/2019 at 07:23:27
I bend the knee to Jay, Darren, Mike and Jack plus any others wanting to have a go about my post.

As they say down under I may have jumped the shark. Probably caused by my own choice of Benitez being overlooked and dismay about Silva getting the nod.
I admit that for non playing reasons my preference for Rafa could have been wrong yet for football reasons I strongly preferred him over Silva.

Filipe Torres
11 Posted 07/10/2019 at 07:46:12
I believed Marco was the man, but he ain't, and has shown it repeatedly. It's time to go now, Marco.

As for options, good managers are employed: Howe, Dyche, etc.. and they are not going to leave their clubs for us. It will definitely be a rookie, and it will have to be (I hope) a good one. I wouldn't mind giving Unsworth a go, mainly because he would have a much better squad than last time, and hopefully a transfer window, that we can't possibly miss, by buying players for a soon to be ex-manager.

I believe that Marco will survive the January transfer window though, the fact he didn't get his centre-back or striker would buy him that much time, I fear.

Keith Gleave
12 Posted 07/10/2019 at 07:54:49
My choice was never Silva. He has supported my view by a record that is inline with his previous clubs in England. The club have to show some backbone and get rid now and bring in a proven manager with a discipline to him, there is still time to turn the season round, but it has to be done now.
As for the arguments around Benitez, I would take him. Sometimes in life you have to forget about things previously said. However, I don't believe he will come and not for any reasons stated prior. My feeling is he would feel RS supporters would feel he had betrayed them and their club and so their love would turn to hate.
Derek Knox
13 Posted 07/10/2019 at 08:00:43
David Cooper, thanks for making me even more depressed, but obviously a well researched article and a stark reminder of just poor we have become under Silva.

The man is so arrogant that he is neither worried about our plight, making sound-bites to the effect of he can still rescue the sinking ship when the upper deck is level with the waterline.

He wins no matter what, as he will have yet another compensation package to add to his collection. Get him out the sooner the better and take Boa Morte with him as he appears to be as much use as an ashtray on a motor-bike.

Matt Traynor
14 Posted 07/10/2019 at 08:05:30
Even more depressing is that this run of fixtures we were supposed to do well out of, and get confidence up before the truly awful run we have up to Christmas!

Dick - it doesn't matter who your choice, or anyone else's is. Unless you own a sizeable stake in the club you/we have no say. Only those who have a voice at the match can show their displeasure. More recently expressed by grafitti on the walls of Goodison, and a stay-behind protest during Martinez reign.

Jay and Darren are spot on. We already had the embarassment of the courtship with Allardyce after Koeman was binned, and they couldn't get their first choice (Silva). After Allardyce ruled himself out we had the total ignominy of having to cave to his demands of an 18 month deal, only to get rid as planned after 6 months to bring in Moshiri's chosen one - Silva. And there in lies the rub. Moshiri has put his reputation with fans on the line with this appointment.

How long before we emulate the neighbours and become disgruntled with our ownership? Holding placards at games beging for "DIC* to Save Us". Hopefully never.

* Dubai Investment Corporation

Jerome Shields
15 Posted 07/10/2019 at 08:08:13
The facts of this article are the facts now. . Silva was the only candidate for the job, it appeared at the time noone else was interested. Brands started two weeks earlier than his contract was suppose to start to have a meeting with him. Silva was given a three year contract, which was part of the contract negotiated prior to Brands meeting Silva.
Joe McMahon
16 Posted 07/10/2019 at 08:22:05
Time to move on from comments made years ago. I would day that in today's modern era a club that hasn't won a sausage in 25 years, never even played in the group stages of the champions league and have a home stadium with facilities like Goodison isn't a big club.
Danny Broderick
17 Posted 07/10/2019 at 09:16:07
Most of us (me included) have been hoping Silva can turn this around. Saturday’s teamsheet was very disappointing though - same formation, same players, and another goal conceded from a set piece. It’s abundantly clear that what he is asking the team to do is not working - yet he still chose that team on Saturday. Saturday was probably the tipping point for Silva.

It is of course possible he will stay - he turned it around after a 19 day break last year. We now have the international break. But he has got to get a spark from somewhere and change something, otherwise he’ll be gone before Christmas.

Most of us can see that Schneiderlin has stunk the house out for over 3 years. Silva is picking him every week! Same for Sigurdsson this season - he is not doing it, so get him out, and drop this number 10 formation also - it’s not working!

I feel the only hope he has got is to play DCL and Kean together up front. Let Kean come deep to get the ball if he doesn’t want to play with 2 main strikers. But it is as clear as day that there’s not enough goals in this team. He might as well die on his sword having a go, than dying a slow painful death like we are currently...

Kevin Prytherch
18 Posted 07/10/2019 at 09:23:15
We need to stick or twist now. 4 out of our next 5 games are winnable. If we change managers now, we have a decent run to build confidence, as well as a 14 day training period. If we stick with Silva now, we might as well stick with him through the December fixture list.

We messed up with Koeman, sacked him during a bad run of fixtures (for those who point out that Atlanta and Southampton weren’t difficult, this was a team that hadn’t won away for around a year), and when there was finally a run of winnable fixtures we panicked and appointed Allardyce. Unsworth barely had 2 consecutive days training but still managed to win the expected fixtures.

If we stick with Silva I’m confident we’ll give it a good go in December, but probably end up with the same results as the City game. However that run of fixtures is not the optimum time for a new manager.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 07/10/2019 at 09:51:50
Silva was my choice. I advocated him strongly and probably would again without the benefits of hindsight. He was a hard-working coach who had managed to get Watford and Hull playing some good football, improving both teams from their previous points per game. He had won cups and leagues at couple of different clubs and to my eyes looked the best bet to replicate the sort of success of Pochetinno achieved at Spurs.

It looks like I was wrong and happy to hold my hand up and say so. I think their have been some mitigating factors (not least Brands failure to find a new CB and a reliable goalscorer) but there are several glaring issues this season that have not been fixed and it begins to look as though his assistant Joao Sousa was an essential component of any success Silva might have attained.

He'll get 2-4 more games to get some wins and get us up the table. Brands will want to give him as much time as he possibly can. But there aren't many signs of a turnaround. A fit Gomes would help and we've actually been solid defensively from open play, set piece has been the achilles heel once more and will likely be the hill upon which Silva perishes. The attacking system has been dreadful, far too little creativity and no clear plan other than getting it wide for the full back to cross in.

I posted this list of alternatives on another thread if of any interest:

In terms of replacements there’s a few decent options though never such a thing as certainty with managers. Broadly speaking there are the:

‘experienced winners’: Mourinho, Wenger, Benitez, Allegri, Mancini.

‘Solid organisers’: Dyche, Wilder, Moyes, Hughton.

‘Next big things’: Nagelsmann, Gallardo, ten Haag, Spirito Santo, Arteta, Potter.

‘Wild cards’: Marcelino, Neville, Unsworth, Howe, Pochettino, Adi Hutter.

Some of those (Nagelsmann, Poch, Mourinho) are probably unrealistic. Chris Wilder is bookies pick at the moment and I think he’d be good. I really like Graham Potter but can’t imagine he’d leave Brighton so soon. Benitez would seem a very sensible choice if you can look beyond the history. Very probably Unsworth would be in as caretaker to give Brands time to make the right choice.

Steve Ferns
20 Posted 07/10/2019 at 11:02:32
Dick, so I have to read your opinion every time we lose, but you're not allowing me to have one?

Let's see where we are come the end of the season, I'm still certain Silva will turn this round.

If he's going to get the sack, then it's today or not until the next break. I don't think that this will happen. Moshiri will think that he's in no better place than he was under Martinez, Koeman, Unsworth or Allardyce. He will also be concerned that whatever manager he gets will have a good season then this will happen again., He will also be very aware that he was told he was too premature in appointing Allardyce, that we were never going down, and so he will be more willing to let this play out. Kenwright will also remember how Moyes had a good year, then a bad year, then a good year then a bad year before then nailing us down as perennial top 6 finishers.

Moshiri will also be concerned with the compensation payout, and the inevitable transfer kitty he will have to give to the next manager. This will be far more than the money we lose in league placings for finishing 17th as opposed to 7th.

Sam, I'm surprised at your choice of Wilder. I find his style of football not very pleasing on the eye and his tactics quite basic. I also hear that he relies heavily on his backroom, I forget who's the main coach there, it might be Alan Knill. Chris Wilder's a Sheff Utd fan, and I doubt he'd be too keen to leave them just now, not for our car crash of a club.

Sam Hoare
21 Posted 07/10/2019 at 11:15:12
Steve, Wilder is not my choice. Just observed that’s he’s the current bookies fave and I think he’d offer organisation and structure to this team. I’d be content with him as I think he’s done an impressive job at Sheffield but he’s not my top pick and I’d be surprised if he’d be Brands’ either.

For me I’d love Pochettino. Highly, highly unlikely but if he’s getting sacked at same time as Silva certainly worth a shot.

More realistically I think Gallardo looks a really interesting coach but probably too risky for us. I think Hutter has done great work and is similar to Silva in many respects so fits Brands MO. And I think Allegri would be an intriguing option though again probably unlikely.

Who’d you like if Silva goes?

Steve Ferns
22 Posted 07/10/2019 at 11:21:14
Sam, I'd love Nagelsmann. But, he's now beyond our reach. He's a proper laptop manager and most on here would hate all that stuff.

How about the new kid on the block at Famalicão?

Sam Hoare
23 Posted 07/10/2019 at 11:25:40
Steve, yeah Nagelsmann would be brilliant but as it even more unlikely as Poch. People on here will love whoever gets us winning more often than not.

Ha! Could you imagine if we sacked Silva and hired Sousa?! Maybe Marco could work as his assistant?

Wonder if Brands will stick to his guns or be tempted by a more experienced head?

Dave Williams
24 Posted 07/10/2019 at 11:27:19
Steve- take no notice of those trying to goad you just because your man is struggling. It’s easy to have a go but ultimately if he gets the bullet then he’s no different to 99% of managers for whom sacking is a fact of life.
I’m sure you won’t gloat ( well not too much) if he stays and turns us into a top six team and whilst I doubt it he could still surprise us all.
Youre standing by your man which is admirably loyal and you don’t deserve stick for doing so.
Steve Ferns
25 Posted 07/10/2019 at 11:38:43
Nagelsmann's stock fell last season. He went from being the new Bayern manager to losing out to Kovac, as they thought he was too young, He also lost out at Arsenal to Emery. Then Hoffenheim struggled last season and he left for Leipzig.

Judging by how well Sousa has done, I believe he must be the defensively minded one of the two. Maybe we can throw a load of money his way and re-hire him as assistant manager and get rid of Luis Boa Morte?

Famalicão aren't the romantic story you think they are though. Basically Jorge Mendes is heavily involved there and they have signed all the players he wanted them to (80% of their transfers) and so they should really be top 5 for sure. They play Benfica after the international break and it'll be a big test for Sousa.

Sadly, I don't follow the Portuguese football as closely as I did when I used to visit my Dad out there all the time. I will have to watch the highlights of that one though.

As for Brands, I get the impression that he likes to be the boss, that any new guy will be firmly a head-coach type and I would also bet they are younger than him (he's 57). European managers are used to being head coaches and as long as they have full control of the first team, they are used to not being in full control of transfers. I would expect him to go for someone like ten Hag. But ten Hag is only 2 seasons into the Ajax job, and only last season (without Brands at PSV) was able to get them their first title since de Boer won it in 2015. de Boer's failure at Inter, Palace and (I think) even in MLS is a cautionary tale though.

Rory Grant
26 Posted 07/10/2019 at 14:34:03
No PL or European big league manager will leave their job for us. Out of not currently employed, likes of Mourinho and Allegri are just fantasy.

However, there are no-nonsense managers available who can organise a team and be ruthless enough. Blanc, Rudi Garcia, Marcelino. Wenger with Arteta could relaunch us long-term but probably not plausible. All expensive but less so than losing credibility as a club week after week.
Or maybe Brands comes up with something else, being such a highly-rated professional.

Worst case scenario is that we keep hoping for some sort of resurrection by Silva. That's outright madness considering what we have seen and where we are.

Jim Burns
27 Posted 07/10/2019 at 15:28:58
Thanks David - depressing indeed. Stats aside the reaction from the away support at the end of game at Burnley was as telling as any numbers - along with the fact that most of the players scuttled down the tunnel without acknowledgement of the long suffering travelling throng. We are truly in a bad place at the moment.

Dick - your post is not helpful. I never had a view one way or the other on Silva being the right man for the job -but plenty were supportive of him and made that judgement in good faith and with the good of the club that we ALL love at heart.

The fact that it isn't going to plan at present - to say the least - doesn't in any way reflect on those who held that view with genuine belief. Nobody on here ' foisted' anyone anywhere - it was the club's decision.

To then suggest fellow blues' future opinions should not be expressed on here in case - in the fullness of time and with the benefit of hindsight - someone can point the finger and tell them they were wrong and somehow implicate them in the decision to appoint Silva is frankly unhelpful.

Having and expressing opinions on here is a key reason why the site exists - and that's all they are - opinions. They are certainly not nailed on insights or 100% predictions. no matter what your opinion was about Silva's appointment.

I don't post that often - yours is one of the reasons.

Paul Saleh
28 Posted 07/10/2019 at 16:19:25
I think us fans are all in agreement that Marco is not going to take us forward, only backwards. I believe the board can see that, but don't know what to do... and there lies the problem.

I wish our board was ruthless and decisive in wanting success, maybe we wouldn't like it, but it would surely be better than meandering which we are doing now.

The stats don't make good reading and we have a manager who won't change, so the stats are only going to get worse. Until the board become ruthless, we will just drift along until the inevitable happens.

Mike Allen
29 Posted 07/10/2019 at 16:40:11
We have to get back to basics. Throwing money at over-priced panic buys that nobody else wanted is not the answer. Gone are the days when we could attract the real stars of the game.

We have a shed-load of over-paid very average players with the majority we can't get shut of and a manager who has no creditable CV to warrant being allowed to spend and waste on more of the same.

Don't get hung up about being a big club – how can breaking into the top six be 'big club' thinking? Winning the thing is 'big club' thinking. We are so far behind the RS it's unreal and it's not that long ago that we thought they could go into administration.

Unsworth and Royle could have settled the ship and perhaps Dyche could do the same but best mangers are already working and the John Moores days of getting the best are well and truly gone.

Jeff Spiers
30 Posted 07/10/2019 at 19:14:28
Maybe top players don't want to come to us. That is what is frightening.
Dave Ganley
31 Posted 07/10/2019 at 21:35:13
It really worries me when I listen to Silva's post-match comments. I get that modern managers have to try and put a positive spin on things but to say things like we have been here before and put things right completely washes over the fact that last season, when we have been here before, it took us the better part of 3 months to turn things around, by which time the season was over.

Towards the back end of last season, I really thought we had turned things around. We played, for most part, with a swagger and intensity that promised much for the new season. Now, we have gone back to square one. The football, with the exception of the Wolves game which I thought was really entertaining, is laboured, slow, ponderous and completely lacking in any kind of intensity.

We have lost 2 players albeit good players, so for me, there is absolutely no excuse for the shoddy football we are displaying this season. As others have frequently said, it's just like watching Martinez's teams. Lots of pointless possession with little or no end product.

Silva wasn't my choice but he was winning me around at the back end of the season. Now, well I have no idea where we go from here. We rightly had good expectations of a decent season and' unless we start producing pretty quick' then it's yet another season ruined.

We need grit and passion, we need play speeding up tenfold, we need a manager that will encourage the team to take a chance on the break and not keep possession just for the sake of it, we need players to actually get into goalscoring positions as our record in that department is quite shocking.

We need some kind of coherent plan for the defence. Bear in mind this is still 75% of the back 4 we had last season that performed so well towards the end. What's happened to try nice little triangles that Digne and Bernard played to create space? What happened to the good partnership that Coleman and Richarlison were developing? It's like everything good that came out of last season has been shelved to be replaced by mind-numbing tactics.

How long do we give Silva? Well I guess that's the big question. I do know one thing though, we can't afford another slump like we had last season. Silva has to figure it out quickly or it really will be curtains. It comes to something when the fantastic away support turns against him. Silva should be in no doubt what that means.

Jason Lloyd
32 Posted 07/10/2019 at 21:42:39
If you asked me who would be a good manager to replace Silva, I would say avoid a flashy name and look for someone who is unassuming but has a very strong pedigree and is a strong personality, but must have at least played in the premier league.

Someone like Laurent Blanc is my preference.

Filipe Torres
33 Posted 07/10/2019 at 21:51:35
Can someone please walk me through this "winning mentality" thing that picks itself managers like: Benitez, Mourinho, Wenger, Mancini, Pellegrini or Allegri? And casts aside managers like Howe or Dyche?

Because, in my eyes, the first bunch doesn't look like having a winning mentality. Most of them won in the past, costing fortunes in players, and never really developing players (Wenger is possibly the only exception), while managers who got their clubs up, with no big names, in a very equal competition (The Championship) are labelled losers?

Managers who raised their profile crafting the division and crafting to win games against similar opposition are losers? I think many of you are just being like Silva with his selection, picking by reputation and not by value, credit, or performance.

What we should be looking: the people (manager's mentality); the process (style of playing, organisation of the squad and playing arrangements); and product (results – did the manager get the results his clubs required him to get?).

Tom Bowers
34 Posted 07/10/2019 at 21:51:44
That's the scary thing. Things looked like they were improving and results were getting quite good towards the end of last season. We all looked forward to some new signings to strengthen the squad and in Kean, Gbamin, Delph and Sidibe with Gomes on a permanent deal, it seemed like the team would push on.

The exact opposite has happened. Gbamin got injured and Kean cannot seem to impress Silva as yet. Gomes has been absent and Delph is injured again(????)

Silva has gone back to Calvert-Lewin, who still looks like he has a ways to go as a good leader of the offence.

It has to be Silva who has not yet formulated a decent strategy for getting after some of these teams who we could label ''weaker" than the Blues. If they don't score first, they seem to lose it in certain areas and then mistakes at the back are costing us all the points of late. Apart from Man City (who we can be excused from not beating) they should not have capitulated in many of the remaining games.

The immediate weeks after the break are crucial to keeping this team out of the bottom zone and I feel that Silva really doesn't have what it needs to turn it around. Everton have had many ''down'' periods since the great Kendall era but this last month or so is worse than any I have known given the players they have.

Kevin Prytherch
35 Posted 07/10/2019 at 21:54:43
Speaking of Brands... what was his budget at PSV?

Reason I ask: Walsh was good at unearthing gems on a shoestring… all of a sudden, he bought overpriced players when he had money. It's like all of his scouting expertise went out of the window.

Moyes was brilliant on a shoestring; when he had money, he wasted it.

Is Brands going the same way? Surely he had some players scouted at PSV that weren't in the £30-million category. Where are all those players now??? Have we again missed a trick appointing someone who works well with little money and expecting him to be just as good when he has money?

Paul Birmingham
36 Posted 07/10/2019 at 21:55:03
The facts don't lie and, if the manager, DOF, and players don't work on a back-to-basics plan, then it's going to be hard to get a draw – let alone win a game. The confidence is shot; the body language says it all.

Where is the desire, fight, and guts, pride in the Everton shirt? The way we've played this season is handicapping the strengths of the team and thus we can't defend and are firing blanks most games, as we make very few genuine chances. How many shots have we had this season from outside the box?

Is the loss of Gomes and Gbamin the main cause of the rot? In my view, it's not; regardless of the team selected, we are too pedestrian and too predictable.

Watford and West Ham are massive games, and I'm also thinking that Farhad won't be wanting to pay out another payoff and almost 2 years since Ronald K, got the chop.

It's dire straits, but it will take guts to get through these darkening days at Everton.

Will the manager, coaches and squad, have the guts to fight back up the table?

David Cooper
37 Posted 08/10/2019 at 00:37:15
I want to be fair to Marco Silva. When looking at statistics, it is really easy to get them to prove what you want them to prove. In my initial post, I came with 12 stats, facts, observations that were negative towards Marco Silva. Was I hoping that someone could come with a meaningful reply that was grounded in his experience in the Premier League.

I know some will champion what he has achieved in Portugal and Greece. I think I read somewhere that the reason Mr. Money Moshiri wanted him because he watched Olympiakos beat Arsenal a few years back and he was in charge at Olympiakos. So with a combination of Kenwright and 3M came up with him. Not a recipe for success!

So if I try to put the other side of the argument for MS all I can come up with is 3 debatable observations:

1. We have not replaced Gana and Zouma and that was out of his hands.

2. We have played like a team who have not bedded in because Awobi, Delph and Kean signed late. Mina is like a new signing as well as he hardly played last year. So we have played like a team who does not know each other. Not like a team but as a team. Is this Silva's fault? Or that of Mr Brands, or Mr Teflon, as nothing bad seems to stick to him at the moment!

3. How much better would we have been if his first-choice midfielders of Gomes and Gbamin! Maybe both will be fit for West Ham in 12 days. Maybe after we have paid our penance in purgatory we will win, the RS will lose and Brexit will be solved!

As you can see I am really struggling to look on the bright side of life, key Monty Python!

Mike Allen
38 Posted 08/10/2019 at 10:59:20
Even if we could attract the top players in the three key positions, if he sticks to the same system, nothing will change.

Maybe it's the loss of his Number Two from last season that's taken us backwards this season. We need someone in who can think outside the FIFA Coaching Manual.

Brian Porter
39 Posted 08/10/2019 at 23:52:00
I see AC Milan have sacked Marco Giampaolo after just seven games, with 3 wins and 4 defeats. His last game was a 2-1 win, but they were decisive, they knew he wasn't going to cut it and they got rid. His 9 points from seven games was nowhere near good enough for their high standards.

So why is our board dithering? Silva is taking us nowhere except down. They know that, the fans know that, and in his heart, Silva probably knows that too. You only have to look at the man's body language. He's a beaten man, devoid of hope and ideas and it would do nobody any fsvours to drag it out until the West Ham game. And what if we win it? Are we supposed to say "Oh goody, everything is ok now?" Because it won't be of course. With the next defeat the clamour for his sacking will begin again with greater intensity, the atmosphere at Goodison will become toxic, the away support who turned against him at Burnley will drop away, and we'll have dropped more points in the fight against relegation. And make no mistake, the table doesn't lie, we're in 18th place and so, technically we are in the relegation scrap.

Silva has had over a season to produce a team at least capable of holding its own in the Premier League. Instead we're losing to newly promoted teams and others we could reasonably be expected to beat. That's relegation form in any body's language.

So why dither? The board need to be decisive, make the decision, sack our failing manager and bring in someone who can resurrect this train wreck of a season, which began with so much hope, yet has turned into a nightmare.

Brian Porter
40 Posted 09/10/2019 at 00:02:16
I see AC Milan have sacked Marco Giampaolo after just seven games, with 3 wins and 4 defeats. His last game was a 2-1 win, but they were decisive, they knew he wasn't going to cut it and they got rid. His 9 points from seven games was nowhere near good enough for their high standards.

So why is our board dithering? Silva is taking us nowhere except down. They know that, the fans know that, and in his heart, Silva probably knows that too. You only have to look at the man's body language. He's a beaten man, devoid of hope and ideas and it would do nobody any fsvours to drag it out until the West Ham game.

And what if we win it? Are we supposed to say "Oh goody, everything is ok now?" Because it won't be of course. With the next defeat, the clamour for his sacking will begin again with greater intensity, the atmosphere at Goodison will become toxic, the away support who turned against him at Burnley will drop away, and we'll have dropped more points in the fight against relegation. And make no mistake, the table doesn't lie, we're in 18th place and so, technically we are in the relegation scrap.

Silva has had over a season to produce a team at least capable of holding its own in the Premier League. Instead, we're losing to newly promoted teams and others we could reasonably be expected to beat. That's relegation form in any body's language.

So why dither? The board need to be decisive, make the decision, sack our failing manager and bring in someone who can resurrect this train wreck of a season, which began with so much hope, yet has turned into a nightmare.

Jim Baker
41 Posted 12/10/2019 at 16:46:06
Filipe Torres @11

A thought-provoking post and very true.

Jim Baker
42 Posted 12/10/2019 at 16:53:38
Filipe Torres, sorry I meant your post at 33... although #11 makes you think as well – but your post at 33 makes total sense.
Eric Myles
43 Posted 16/10/2019 at 15:19:59
If we did get Benitez would we change his song to "he's our fat Spanish waiter"??

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