Marco Silva says that concerns over losing his job aren't on his mind as he prepares for the visit of West Ham this afternoon, a match he himself labelled as ”must-win”.
On a run of five defeats in six games, Silva's Everton could lose in the Premier League for a fifth consecutive game for the first time in 14 years if they succumb to the Hammers at Goodison Park and there is plenty of talk over whether that might move Farhad Moshiri and Marcel Brands to call time on the Portuguese's tenure as the Blues' boss.
While admitting that football is a results business, Silva insists that he isn't thinking in those terms and believes he retains the faith and support of the club's hierarchy.
“[Getting sacked] is not something that is ever in my mind because when I'm winning five or six games, I'm not thinking if I win I will renew the contract and get three years more," Silva said in The Telegraph.
"It is something that doesn't stay in my mind. A manager doesn't have to lose one second to even think in this situation. We have to go with, ‘we worked well during the week, we have planned everything well, tomorrow our players they will perform well playing in our stadium and we have to show togetherness to win a football match'. The other things I don't lose one second thinking about that.
"If you ask me my feeling from what comes from our owner or our football structure, I never had doubts about that.
"Of course we are talking about results and if you have a good project in football but don't win matches you don't forget it [the project]. It doesn't happen. Not just with Everton but any club in the world. We don't just look at that.
"They (the board) know what has happened in the last two months. We don't just look at the results, even if they are the main thing and you have to win games to support all of the project, the young players, all these things. We have to get the results. But about confidence, I never had doubts."
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1 Posted 19/10/2019 at 06:36:30
West Ham are a potentially dangerous opponent, but so are we and we beat them easily in March on their own ground so there's no reason why we can't win today.
2 Posted 19/10/2019 at 07:37:58
3 Posted 19/10/2019 at 07:42:04
4 Posted 19/10/2019 at 07:52:28
5 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:02:16
6 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:02:54
He says they've worked well during the week, and planned everything. He says that every week. So why hasn't it worked for a season and a bit for the actual game?
As regards young players, well that's a joke. Why aren't we seeing the odd youngster on the bench in place of some of the deadwood. Just involving them would give them a massive boost.
Silva has put himself in the firing line. Getting a win today is imperative though it won't be an end to the doubts that remain.
Hopefully we get the points, God knows we need them, but it will be interesting to see what happens it we don't
7 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:34:49
How low can we go when we accept this kind of effortless mediocrity? The hierarchy need to make it perfectly clear that these types of runs are just not acceptable.
8 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:46:05
Relegated if correct, and this joker isn't worried?
He's already been given too much time to do it right. Should have been sacked immediately after the Burnley defeat, or should I say debacle?
He's been a failure in both of his previous Premier League positions, yet Farhad head hunted him, chased him for 9 months, ended up having to pay compensation to Watford and all for this!
Instead of taking advantage of the easiest set of opening fixtures in living memory, Marco bleeding Silva has us in the relegation zone with the real tough fixtures about to hit us.
If Silva's left in charge I can seriously see us propping the league up by the end of December. What a New Year to look forward to eh?
9 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:46:29
No premier league manager of any team, let alone one with a top 6-8 level squad will be retained with 5 straight losses. With four of them against teams that finished bellow us last season, including two championship teams.
Moshiri will arrest the slide into oblivion and Silva wil be sacked with 24 hrs.
It's all on the line today, win and he buys himself time to prove himself lose and it's over. The worse possible outcome for Evertonians would be the draw, which may lead to dithering and not switching off the life support machine on a completely hopeless case.
10 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:49:33
He also states these views are not shared by everyone and, rightly, that they reflect badly on the players.
Sounds to me like a continuation of the past few years rather than the fresh start I was hoping for.
I'm getting tired of managers talking about pace, pressing and intensity, then producing the opposite. I hope a corner is turned by manager and players today. If not, I hope a corner is turned by Moshiri and Brands today.
11 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:50:51
Surely a poor performance today and it's the Spanish archer for him.
12 Posted 19/10/2019 at 08:57:48
Silva may be about to learn this. Do not like the underlying trend of this press conference.
13 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:05:44
Is Silva's potential demise yet another demonstration of "player power" in Everton's first team dressing room?
We know how toxic this has been in the past and only Unsy had the "balls" to try and establish his authority by sending Mirallas and Schneiderlin home.
If, as I suspect, Schneiderlin is one of the moaning ring leaders, this might be one of the reasons he is picked every week (to everyones astonishment), as Silva can't leave him out because of the trouble he causes in the changing room?
Speculation on my part, but it would explain a lot.
14 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:06:37
The fact that there has been no public pronouncements is another sign that the alarm bells aren't ringing at the highest level.
When will they learn with this guy, his hallmark is the ' 10 match losing streak ' which his teams always go on each season, even if we win today the losing run is likely to reappear it's in his DNA.
15 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:09:19
16 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:14:35
17 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:15:37
Does someone actually really believe that ?!
And more to the point, if that is true Silva should be sacked immediately for not being strong enough to manage ! It's not like schneiderlin is Messi and essential to us !!
18 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:17:51
With a good manager Everton would have been 3rd or 4th with their opennng series of matches. Instead they are 18th.
19 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:22:29
Well what do they look at? Because the football we're playing is dreadful and, along with the results which WE look at, this ain't going to end well for Marco.
How long before he's talking about “seagulls following trawlersâ€?
20 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:24:10
Treasonous? Of course - and I'll take the brickbats for it.
But after 35 years of supporting this club.. that's where I am. Incompetent management facilitated by incompetent stewardship. A plague on all of their houses.
21 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:26:40
I can never understand with his track record, why they even considered a three year contract, it defies belief really, especially after the previous situations with Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce.
22 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:43:05
Does the first 8 games show he still has what it takes, or he doesn't.
Doesn't is my pick...can't be havin with a manager who goes on losing streaks, nobody wins every game - but in this season where the top 6 is actually just a top 2, its just not good enough.
23 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:46:07
Win against whu is a must for the club not him. GET RID after the game.
24 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:53:31
25 Posted 19/10/2019 at 09:57:40
It is really very hard to take at present and I don't see things changing any time soon: today will be more of the same, 4-2-3-1 with like for like substitutions when it doesn't work, Schneiderlin starting with all the verve and energy of spent teabag, DCL being criticised for having the audacity of being starved of any service and his lazy reluctance of still not being Diego Costa and then Marco looking all crestfallen and betrayed as his defenders fail to follow his detailed instructions (delivered in Latin, of course) at corners. Yarmelenko will score, maybe unmarked from a corner, because he isn't really a goal threat, Noble will convert a penalty and RS will twat Man U tomorrow and Monday will be an absolute delight.
I used to get upset with all the above but now I am heavily into heroin and I just don't give a fuck anymore: I wonder if Marco has the same approach, sounds like it.
26 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:00:23
I might be alone here, but I do have concerns about the influence of Brands on a future appointment. I think he'll want another young, up and coming manager who he can mould/control and right now I think we need a big personality with a track record of winning. I'm just not convinced this is the type of manager Brands will go for.
27 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:02:00
28 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:21:04
"That Fulham game".
That sums him up perfectly, that's the level we are now at.
29 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:22:56
Exactly how I feel â€“ fellow supporter for 36 years and Blue until I die but this buffoon is draining the life out of me.
Even if we scrape a win today, I still want him gone. As a previous poster said, anyone and I mean anyone would be an improvement on this joke.
30 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:34:48
31 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:39:42
32 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:49:26
It's not so much the poor results to date but who they have been against. The next few weeks are potentially going to be painful for us lot under Silva.
33 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:51:04
34 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:51:22
I, meanwhile, am thinking about him losing his job. If we do not show serious improvements today - and if Silva sets us up as he usually does then I cannot see a comfortable afternoon for anyone other than West Ham - then I hope he is gone by the time Goodison has emptied. He's had significant time, and money, and opportunity, and despite that he's not moved us forward. Time for us to bring in someone with some positive energy.
35 Posted 19/10/2019 at 10:51:34
How could we ever hope to be (even) as good as recent seasons without decent replacements in defence, midfield and attack whatever age they might be ?
36 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:02:56
I could go and watch Barcelona's reserves and pick a few players who don't play for the first team. I couldn't unearth a gem from the french second division and turn him into a £20million player. Thats where they should show their true worth. The best two buys (in terms of improvement in value) over the last few seasons have been DCL (Unsworth) and Richarlison (Silvas).
37 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:18:58
What concerns me is what happens when the next manager goes on a bad run, knives out again no doubt.
What we keep doing is employing so so managers and buying players the top clubs don't want and then expecting top six results.
What we want for starters is a manager thats got a cv that reads won things and has bags of experience.
Benitez was my pick before Silva was appointed, we need someone of that ilk because its becoming embarrasing all this chopping and changing.
As for today although we are well capaple of winning, player confidence must be rock botton, I know mine is.
38 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:25:28
The only fault is that we keep buying players who don't score goals and then wonder why we don't score enough.
I'm not convinced Brands is the issue. The difference between us and say, Leicester is that they have a better coach. That's it. Someone who puts out a team that plays like it knows what it's doing, someone who can instill belief & confidence.
That's been referred to as 'cheerleading' on here. I call it management.
You don't win matches on a computer screen, you win it with players' skills, hearts and minds - then with the nerdy wizardry.
39 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:26:33
Whoever it is, and I don't believe it is solely Farhad Moshiri, who has clearly demonstrated his football knowledge could be written on the back of a postage stamp with room left to spare.
41 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:37:59
I agree. The tools (players) are there to construct a good team, it's the bellend of a manager that's the problem.
Teams sometimes reflect the personality of the manager, hence the RS playing with some passion and energy, just like Gnasher shows on the touchline.
Silva always looks as if he's just been told his dog's dead.
42 Posted 19/10/2019 at 11:46:34
And I want to see that when I watch us.
43 Posted 19/10/2019 at 12:19:02
44 Posted 19/10/2019 at 12:28:54
45 Posted 20/10/2019 at 12:50:36
Marco Silva is an old fashioned tracksuit manager. He might be up to date with the modern fads in coaching, but he's not a “laptop managerâ€.
Nerdy wizardry might be a reference to “laptop managersâ€. So called because they bring computers to the training ground, using programmes such as prozone. Prozone is kind of forgotten about now, but more because everyone uses it, rather than it's disappeared.
Do you know who the pioneers of prozone were? The likes of Sam Allardyce and David Moyes. They use computer software to crunch numbers and help their percentage games. But yet they aren't associated with being nerdy wizards.
Moneyball was a big thing a few years ago after the success of Billy Bean's approach in baseball. Taking players no one else wanted that could perform specific but undervalued tasks and when combined took an unlikely team to success. Could someone do a moneyball with football was the question. People seemed to skip that this was exactly what Sam Allardyce was all about. He didn't look at the conventional game, which some call joined up football. Instead of trying to make football beautiful he looked to craft a team to win free kicks, corners, and even throw-ins and then to score from such situations. Moneyball in action to me. Computer wizardry even.
The next generation of the laptop manager is Julien Nagelsmann. The current manager of RB Leipzig. He literally brings computers to the training pitch. At hoffenheim he had a massive jumbotron sized TV screen installed at the side of the training pitch so he could paused training and show the players what they are doing wrong. Silva ain't like this. He grabs the players with his hands and moves them about. His coaching uses no computer wizardry at all. He's not interested in it.
Marco silva likes to watch a lot of tape. All Portuguese managers do. It's the lesson they learnt off Mourinho. Let's not forget silva was only in his early 20's when Mourinho first won the champions league. Which Portuguese manager wouldn't follow his example. Mourinho loves tape, though he now gets others to do it for him, such as AndrÃ© Villas Boas in the early days at chelsea, and give him the highlights. Benitez and Bielsa are the worst (or should that be best) for watching tape. No one watches more than them, but Marco doesn't come close.
I don't understand the computer wizardry jibe. That's not silva at all.
46 Posted 20/10/2019 at 13:52:58
47 Posted 20/10/2019 at 15:02:30
Yesterday showed what a team can do when it has self-belief, pace, movement, commitment, determination, aggression and a will to win. Where has that attitude been all season? Liverpool show that every game and just swarm all over teams, they don't seem to believe they can be beaten. God, it's so hard to acknowledge that! It doesn't matter what side they put out, the overall attitude is the same every game.
I wonder what we'd have done yesterday if Marco had a fit squad to choose from instead of having to make changes? Would our attitude have been the same?
But surely now, the point is that he instils this into the players for every game, not just when he thinks he's on the out. I do believe that Marco can do that, provided that he accepts that he may have got some things wrong and is willing to change. It was there for all to see yesterday, and so many people on ToffeeWeb called it right weeks ago.
48 Posted 20/10/2019 at 16:08:04
The form needs to be consistent in every game and as many have said Mr Ed's team play for the shirt and is their lives depend on every tackle.
We need the same effort, desire and belief.
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