Jordan Pickford has stated his faith in Marco Silva backed Everton to get out of their current “sticky patch”.
The England international spoke to the media before today's clash with high-flying Leicester at the King Power Stadium and expressed how little he wants to see another Blues boss sacked.
The pressure on Silva's shoulders reached unprecedented levels after last Saturday's home defeat to Norwich City and, even though Marcel Brands came out on Friday and insisted that the club was looking for stability and seemed to indicate the manager's job was safe for now, the Portuguese can ill-afford another loss.
“It was obviously deflating after the Norwich game. Everyone was down and it wasn't nice,” Pickford said.
“I was here when Koeman lost his job and it wasn't nice to see at all, it was horrible. We were in the building when it happened, and you never want to see anyone lose their job like that.
“The manager has been great with us and we are behind him 100 per cent. A few bad performances shouldn't put the manager under pressure but that's the industry we are in. Unai Emery has just lost his job after a bad run of form. You want stability throughout a club, don't you?
“I believe in this squad. The talent and ability we have top to bottom is very good and can match any team in the Premier League. We have a lot of international players.
“We might be in a sticky patch but I feel the squad is still together and we can get through it.
“Marco is very detailed on what he does. We cover everything going into a game, how to play, how to defend, if we're going to press. There is a lot of detail in the training sessions. We're not going into the game without not knowing what we're going to do.
“I think you can see he's emotional and has got passion. He wants to win every game. It's great because as players we want to win every game and when you see the manager having that passion it spurs you on. It makes you believe more.”
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1 Posted 01/12/2019 at 08:37:14
2 Posted 01/12/2019 at 08:56:57
Sooner he is sold and we buy an experienced keeper the better.
3 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:01:09
4 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:03:51
Really, Mr Pickford? If you honestly believe that, and I'm sure you do, then why does the team play utter rubbish and why are we languishing in the bottom half of the table with no hope (you know that thing we used to have?) of getting ANY points from the next few games?
Just another player "backing" the fraud, Silva.
5 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:06:20
6 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:07:44
7 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:17:24
In the paper, Pickford says the players are 100% behind Silva. Every game I see them NOT 100% playing for Silva, the Club, or the shirt.
Pickford, like the rest of them, needs to have a good look at himself because he, like all the other so-called top international and established players, are part of the reason we're hovering above the relegation places.
Silva is a poor manager, totally unsuited to us and the Premier League standard but the players are matching him. So again, I believe what I see rather than what I read.
8 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:22:41
9 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:27:30
10 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:38:16
Bullshit!!! We've not seen any indication that's true.
11 Posted 01/12/2019 at 09:46:15
Our whole team without exception is so incompetent that they cannot carry out a single instruction during a game that the manager sets up.
Personally, I think Pickford, like the rest of them (including Silva), is just talking shite.
12 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:00:42
Even if we do win, he still needs to go — we had the same thing happen last season, a shit run then a good run, then shit again.
13 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:06:21
14 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:19:54
15 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:24:38
You're part of the problem, not the solution.
16 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:24:46
17 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:36:42
18 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:38:15
Yeh we're in a bad place but turning on our own to the extent some of you lot have? We're Evertonians, for fuck's sake!
19 Posted 01/12/2019 at 10:40:33
If what Brands and the other players are saying is true then Silva should be sack now without questions. Sounds like he is giving instructions for a tennis match forgetting we are playing football.
Silvas issues run deep and the last few managers have all followed a similar pattern.
1. Team selection. More often than not the wrong players have been picked or played in the wrong position.
2. Missing the obvious when it comes to transfers. Lack of a decent centre-back, forward, Lukaku the exception etc.
3. Lack of motivation from the team. Most fans think we have better players on the pitch than say 10 years ago, sadly they are playing worse than when we had Lee Carsley in the middle. I want to see passion, I want to see you claiming the shirt and being proud as the step on the pitch. Just because you turned up, play for your country and stand on the pitch doesn't mean you are going to win, you need to actually do something.
4. Failure to improve players. One of my biggest bugbears of recent years has been managers' failures to get the best out of players, where is Tim Cahill and others?
5. Failure to defend set-pieces. Use training session to learn not to drink tea and take selfies. Everton have conceded the 5th fewest corners, the joint fewest shots from corners Everton have conceded the MOST goals. Joke.
6. The sats tell a picture. 32 away games playing against sides starting in the top 10: won 0, drawn 10, lost 22. Joke. December 2010 was the last away win against top 10. Joke.
We have been speaking about this since before Moyes left. The club needs change. We get glimmers of hope, new owner, senior leader, players and managers but no fundamental change. We have all seen it, Everton have slowly got worse and we are now in the “Will Everton go down?” phase. A slow 20-year decline; where the only highlights of the season were the dim possibility of beating Liverpool and the “excitement” of being in a relegation battle on the final day of the season.
You can roll out as many players and staff as you like to say "It's okay, it's a blip," but there is no such fool as a fool that believes his own lies and Everton you are currently that fool.
I, like most fans, hope that a new manager would help, but I believe the problems run deep and, unless you make some fundamental changes, a new manager will be like a band-aid on a stab wound. The right idea but not the solution.
20 Posted 01/12/2019 at 11:07:00
Football is a very simple game which is just as well as half the team act like simpletons. Cheers, Jordan.
21 Posted 01/12/2019 at 11:15:35
22 Posted 01/12/2019 at 11:33:56
We should be challenging for the league with the investment on players and on managers. The players have to grow up and the manager has to coach them better. None of that's happening. We must make a change.
We can win today. We have good players (and repeat and repost and repeat...)
23 Posted 01/12/2019 at 12:06:19
24 Posted 01/12/2019 at 12:31:25
Answers on a postcard please.
25 Posted 01/12/2019 at 12:44:39
The last 5 seasons we have spent £275 million net (£536 spent – £261 sold), that's the 3rd highest in the league after Man City and Man Utd. That's £55 million a season and what have we got? The way they have performed, not a lot.
Whoever is/was responsible for the player purchases has a lot to answer for. The teams that are out-performing their budget are Spurs, Leicester and guess who.
26 Posted 01/12/2019 at 14:58:44
Q;"After the Norwich game?"
JP;"No, drawing the short straw!"
27 Posted 01/12/2019 at 15:28:11
28 Posted 01/12/2019 at 16:20:28
29 Posted 01/12/2019 at 19:52:42
You and others live a lifestyle beyond belief. Being unemployed is harsh. Will it be harsh for Silva if he goes? Not a flying fuck.
30 Posted 01/12/2019 at 20:37:50
"We cover everything going into a game, how to play, how to defend, if we're going to press. There is a lot of detail in the training sessions. We're not going into the game without not knowing what we're going to do."
Then how come when you're on the pitch it's clear you don't know what you're going to do?!!!
Shut the fuck up, lad.
31 Posted 02/12/2019 at 05:48:35
I think football has become systematic of how society has become. The players are so far removed from their working class fans, the money media and corruption has no end.
When fans turn on their own fans like on this thread then you know that football has fallen to the devils love of money. To many angels of the devil running football, the fans are the forgotten ones.
Wake up to the fact that Everton are no longer a part of the elite have not been for over 20 years. The money pumped into by Mosh has made no difference.
I love reading toffee web and feel for those who's weekend can be ruined by Everton, I love the humor in the face of adversity, I love the never ending hope in those who refuse to give up, I love the outpourings of rage and frustration. But mostly I love the fact that IF one day it all comes good there will always be someone moaning about something that will make me laugh, think and ponder.
Thanks toffee web for keeping me sane in a insane world.
33 Posted 02/12/2019 at 11:01:55
Jeff Spiers makes a very obvious point hardly anyone picks up on. How much has it cost to sack all these managers?
I would say less than a good striker's wage will cost – and that good striker would have saved the sacking. Like it did in Koeman's first season.
34 Posted 02/12/2019 at 11:48:05
Now take your comments where the sun does not shine, sick of hearing different players being wheeled out every week saying the same.
35 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:20:18
Hounders will hound again and again then once its too late, oh yeah we should be buying a top striker shouldn't we.
36 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:31:44
37 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:36:03
38 Posted 02/12/2019 at 13:39:15
Please! What's with the hatred?
I genuinely believe the players are telling it as it is. I think Marco Silva is a good coach and has good methods. He is probably very thorough in his preparation.
Is he the right man for us? NO. Not the right time I'm afraid. The football side of the club is in a proper mess. This has been the case since Martinez left. We have squandered the cash Farhad put in. Allowed players to leave when we should have played hardball. The worst thing is we have tried to climb the ladder too quickly.
Buying players like Siggy and Richy for way over the odds. No development of the better youngsters. (they need game time or move them on). Look at Klopp across the park. He was very patient and determined to get V.V. Dyke and Allisson.
We panic and pay whatever or chase players at the 11th hour. Look at the farcical Zaha bid. We fail and pay way too much for Iwobi. Not his fault but he is not Zaha.
The new man in the dugout will have to be his own man with a cast iron character. He will need to demand the right players from Brands and the club.
Brands must be told "it's your job to get shut of the wasters"
39 Posted 02/12/2019 at 14:53:56
Then just look the other way! Simples.
40 Posted 02/12/2019 at 18:00:29
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