Marco Silva has been sacked by Everton after a poor run of form saw the club slip into the Premier League relegation zone.
Silva took training as normal this lunchtime before meeting with members of the board including majority shareholder – Forhad Moshiri, where he was dismissed after 18 months as manager.
Everton released a short statement in which they pay tribute to Silva’s effort, saying; ‘Majority Shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Chairman Bill Kenwright and the Board of Directors would like to thank Marco for his service over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.’
The club has also confirmed that Duncan Ferguson will take over as interim manager, starting with Saturday’s home match against Chelsea whilst they intend to appoint ‘a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible.’
After a solid ninth-placed finish last season, Everton have struggled to replicate their form this time round, with last night’s humiliating 5-2 defeat against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby seeing the Toffees slip into the relegation zone and Silva losing his job.
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David Moyes is 1/4 favourite with Sky Bet to return to Everton, having previously managed the club between 2002-13 before departing for a ill-fated spell at Manchester United.
Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe (8/1) is also rumoured to be in the frame alongside former Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino (14/1) who is a free agent after departing the North London club last month.
River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo meanwhile is a surprise name linked with the job at 12/1 after guiding River Plate to last month’s final of the 2019 Copa Libertadores, which they lost to Brazil’s Flamengo after initially leading.
Either way, we shouldn’t expect a quick appointment because the club will want to secure a long-term appointment after seeing three previous permanent managers fail in each of the last three seasons.