Marco Silva thanks the board, fans and players in statement after being sacked by Everton | Football | Sport
Marco Silva has issued a statement following his sacking as Everton boss, thanking the board and fans for all their support during his brief tenure at the club. The Toffees brass gave the former Watford manager his marching orders on Thursday night following an embarrassing defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals Liverpool.
Silva was given his marching orders after his former troops suffered a 5-2 defeat to their arch enemies, their ninth of the season.
Former Everton hitman Duncan Ferguson has been installed as caretaker manager as the board seek out a permanent replacement for the Portuguese.
Silva, 42, was bitterly disappointed to have been given the boot after 18 months at the Goodison Park helm but showed no ill will towards his former employers in his first official statement since being axed.
“It has been a real honour to have managed Everton for the past 18 months and I would like to thank Farhad Moshiri, Bill Kenwright, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Keith Harris, Marcel Brands and the entire board for giving me the opportunity to be part of this special club,” Silva’s statement to the League Managers Association read.
“Thank you to all of the Evertonian fans who always live and breathe the club and show such great passion.
“A special thank you to all of the players, for their professionalism and the commitment they put into their work every day and to the club staff who welcomed me to Finch Farm training ground and made me feel at home.
“All the best. COYB”
Former Everton boss David Moyes – who managed the club for the 11 years – is the favourite to succeed Silva, who left the Merseyside’s toiling in 18th place in the table.
Bournemouth chief Eddie Howe is also in contention to take the job but insists he’s fully committed to the Cherries.
The first match of the post-Silva era and Ferguson’s caretaker reign will see Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Ferguson is honoured to have been given the opportunity to manage his old side, saying: “It’ll be an incredibly proud moment for me.
“Everybody knows how I feel about the club. I’ll be incredibly proud, emotional, nervous, excited. I’m obviously looking for a positive result.”
When pressed on the prospect of permanently succeeding Silva, he added: “”I’m a coach at the moment, so I don’t think that is something I am considering at this time.
“It is a dream to be Everton manager, but I am also realistic.
“Who wouldn’t want to be manager of Everton? I’m sure there will be many top managers in for this job.
“It’s a fantastic club. If we can string a few results together, I’m sure we can start climbing the table.”
The Scot later said: “It is not nice when a manager loses his job. We all felt for him. Everybody at the club supported him as best we could. It is unfortunate he lost his job but results determine that.
“It was a mixed feeling for the players. We’ve got to try and pick them up now. The great thing about football is there is always another game.
“It’s confidence, isn’t it? Losing games and getting beat by Liverpool 5-2 doesn’t help, so we need to try and make sure that we get all the players on side, in a good frame of mind and pick them up quickly.
“In football, there’s always a big game coming, and there’s no bigger than Chelsea at home.”