Everton unveils Marco Silva as new boss after Sam Allarydce departure.
The 40-year-old Portuguese immediately told fans he wanted to make them ‘proud’ of their team again and ‘build a great connection between the squad and the fans’ after the unhappy end of the Sam Allardyce era, which saw angry supporters increasingly vent their feelings towards the board.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wanted Silva as manager last November after sacking Ronald Koeman, but was forced instead to turn to Allardyce after Watford complained about an approach for their then manager.
Silva was sacked by Watford in January, with the club making clear they believed Everton’s approach was the cause for their subsequent poor form. Allardyce, meanwhile, left Goodison Park earlier this month after an underwhelming six-month stint and unrest over his drab style of football.
But Everton have got their man at last. Silva’s deal is expected to last for three years and it is the latest step in the overhaul of the club’s management after the arrival of new director of football Marcel Brands, who has replaced Steve Walsh.
‘I’m really proud to be the new Everton manager,’ Silva told evertontv. ‘I’m excited and I’m really happy to take this big challenge for us as a club and for me as a manager.
‘I want to express my thanks to Farhad, to the chairman (Bill Kenwright), to the board of directors and to Marcel as well for the confidence in my work. I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. I’m sure with everybody working together I will be ready for this.
‘We have a lot of work to do in this next month and it is important to prepare everything in the right way. But there will be even more important work to do from the start of pre-season into the first Premier League match of next season.
‘I know what our fans expect – they expect results but not only results. I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch. I want them to feel that we are committed, that we are working hard and enjoying our football because that is important as well.
‘We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe.
‘Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the club. The club is changing its approach. But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the club.
‘Everybody knows Everton’s history. When you are a club like Everton, you only have one solution – to aim to win. In football it is impossible to win every match but we must do everything to show in every game that we have ambition. That is what I want and I’m sure we will show that every single week.’
Dutchman Brands, the former PSV Eindhoven sporting director, hailed Silva’s commitment to attacking football and desire to develop young players.
‘Marco is a young coach but also an experienced coach and he’s worked already at the top, while also gaining experience of the Premier League which is also an important factor,’ said Brands.
‘One of the most important things is that he’s a guy who wants to play attractive, attacking football and also wants to work in the structure we have at Everton. He’s a guy who has proved already that he wants to work with young players, make them better and he has performed very well with the teams he’s worked with. He will be a very good manager for Everton.
‘His vision in football, the way he is thinking about football is what we want. He wants to structure a team and he has proved already with a few clubs with good results, so I believe strongly in him.
‘He’s an open guy who wants to work together with good staff and in an environment at Finch Farm which is conducive to building something strong.’
Moshiri said: ‘I am really pleased to extend a warm Everton welcome to our new manager, Marco Silva. As Marcel has pointed out, Marco is a young, dynamic, energetic and very modern manager whose dedication to his job and demanding approach will help us, I believe, to move forward in a confident, purposeful way to where we want to be as a club.
‘His abilities are underpinned by a strong footballing philosophy, a fierce work ethic and his enthusiasm in embracing Everton, our values and our ambitions has hugely impressed me, as I hope it will each and every Evertonian.’