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Silva on the brink

Marco Silva’s short tenure as Everton manager was likely coming to an end later yesterday with Sky reporting he is in crunch talks with owner Farhad Moshiri.

The 42-year-old Portuguese, who was only appointed in May 2018, is expected to be told by Moshiri that his time at Goodison Park is over.

Silva is set to join Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur), Unai Emery (Arsenal) and Enrique “Quique” Sanchez Flores (Watford) in an extraordinary glut of managerial sackings in the past fortnight.

The former Hull City and Watford handler had been given a reprieve after a loss to Norwich City but the 5-2 hammering in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Wednesday may have sealed his fate. That was Everton’s eighth defeat from its last 11 games.

Not only was he the first Everton manager since Howard Kendall in 1982 to concede five goals to its bitter city rival but the club is in the bottom three after playing a minimum of 15 games for the first time since April 1999 (32 matches).

Silva whilst never the most cheerful or emotional figure on the touchline cut a dejected figure during the match at Anfield. “I am not the right person to talk about this situation,” he told the BBC after the game.

“You are asking me and I don’t have the answer.”

Potential successors are thin on the ground with veteran David Moyes touted as a likely temporary stop-gap.

The 56-year-old Scot earned his managerial top flight spurs at Everton, but has had a chequered career since.

Fired both by Manchester United — following Alex Ferguson was hard enough an act and no one else has succeeded in turning it into a title challenger since he retired — and Real Sociedad he has hardly sparkled at either Sunderland or West Ham United.


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