Finally Everton sack Silva

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So at last it’s been done, Everton have finally pulled the trigger and sacked Marco Silva. Now we wait and see who will be his successor and when that new man will take the reins.

It’s certainly taken long enough but the decision has been made this evening as the Everton board have moved to make a change, something that was surely utterly inevitable.

Again let me say first of all, that I hold no grudge against Silva and I wish him well in the future. I know what it’s like to lose your job and its a tough experience, even if you are well compensated.

But as I and so many others have said many times, he was just not up to the job of managing Everton Football Club.

Now we move on and let’s hope and pray that at last the Blues can get this decision right and the club can start moving forward in a positive and consistent direction.

The BBC say that assistant coach Duncan Ferguson will take charge for the game against Chelsea at Goodison Park this weekend.

Maybe Big Duncan should consider picking himself, at least he would play with some passion and pride wearing the shirt!

But seriously, I hope that Everton don’t follow the same path they trod when they last sacked a permanent manager, Ronald Koeman in 2017.

Although there is a club statement saying they will appoint a permanent boss, there are some eerie parallels. Back then, Koeman lost his job after the Toffees had lost by the exact same score as Silva did last night, 5-2, that time in a home game against Arsenal.

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Then David Unsworth stepped up from the Under-23’s to take temporary charge. Unsworth’s spell was a very mixed one and eventually, after trying and failing to get Silva who was then at Watford, Blues owner Farhad Moshiri finally appointed the only man available as Sam Allardyce took over.

I am fervently hoping that Everton have a proper plan in place to manage this latest period of transition. That means having several candidates they are taking to and a fall-back plan.

I don’t want to see another stop-gap manager in place creating still further potential upheaval in the summer. Unless that is, the Toffees have a long-term solution and an agreement with someone like Rafa Benitez to come in at the end of the season.

Well we can only wait and see how this latest episode in what has become the almost farcical drama of Everton FC unfolds.