The least surprising news of Thursday was that Everton sacked head coach Marco Silva.
The Portuguese boss had been under pressure for the last few months, with the Toffees underperforming badly in the Premier League.
Results just not good enough
The former Watford boss had struggled to create a cohesive unit this season from an expensively assembled team. A 5-2 mauling at Liverpool may have been his last game in charge, but it was the results earlier this season that really cost Silva his job.
A defeat Anfield was not unexpected, as most teams in the top-flight struggled to pick up anything from their trip to the league leaders. It was poor home defeats against the likes of Sheffield United and Norwich that were ultimately responsible for Silva’s downfall.
Not showing his supposed acumen
When he arrived at Everton, some lauded Silva as a tactical genius, despite poor results at both Hull and Watford. Quite where his reputation as a top tactician came from is questionable.
Silva’s teams played an attractive and attacking style of play that often left the defence vulnerable to opposition teams exploiting the space left by the players in attacking positions.
That particular brand of football is fine if your team is scoring goals. However, Everton have struggled to score goals, while conceding far too many goals. The latter was one of the main reasons that Silva failed at Everton
Silva’s replacement has a big job on their hands
Looking at the Everton squad, it looks pretty good on paper. It is full of international players, with a decent mix of youth and experience. However, the players have just not gelled as a team.
The Merseysider’s are in a poor position with a tough run of fixtures to come in the next few weeks. The Everton job has become something of a poisoned chalice in recent years. Whoever takes over on a permanent basis has a big job on their hands.
Were Everton right to sack Marco Silva?