New manager on Merseyside looking to the long term in his vision after short stints at Hull City and Watford
Marco Silva and Everton aim by uniting to provide the stability both have lacked
There is a sense that Marco Silva and Everton are an oddly fitting match. They may have unwanted common denominators.
The Portuguese has taken up his sixth managerial post in little over four years. The Merseysiders are on a fourth manager in just over two, losing their reputation as a continuity club after Farhad Moshiri became the majority shareholder.
And yet a restless manager and an impatient owner seem to share a recognition that permanent revolution has been problematic.
The early message is that they are planning for a long-term relationship, one that will take in a new home. Everton are due to move into a purpose-built stadium at Bramley-Moore dock in 2022. Silva, too, wants to build something lasting.
“When I spoke with the owner, one of the first things he said was about the new stadium,” said Silva, who resigned as Hull City manager after 22 games and tried to leave Watford for Everton after just 12, before being fired after 26 by the Hertfordshire club.
“He wants really that I will be there as a coach. This shows he has confidence in my work and I will do everything for this to happen," Silva added.
When a club with a big past changes the stadium, it is important and I think it will be an enjoyable moment for all Evertonians and for me if I can stay and if I can prove I deserve to stay here.”
He has become a byword for making an immediate impact. Now the test is to show his methods work over longer periods, rather than pursuing policies of perpetual change.
“The club needs some stability in the manager and for the squad to not change every year,” Silva added. “To be honest with you, it’s something I try to find for my career. Stability is something I want and a project with ambition.”
There is, though, a realisation that Everton’s squad has to change this summer. They have signed 15 players in the last two transfer windows. New director of football Marcel Brands counted 38 in the squad.
A cull began with the release of back-up goalkeeper Joel Robles. Brands has a more appropriate number in mind.
“I think 25, 26 and then maybe up to 30 with a few young players,” the Dutchman explained.
One guaranteed to be among them is Ademola Lookman, who impressed on loan at RB Leipzig and who Brands hoped to sign for his previous employers in Eindhoven. “He was on my list at PSV,” he added.
One likely to leave is his compatriot Davy Klaassen, a £23.6 million (Dh116.1m) signing who was only granted six minutes of league football between September and May.
“You have to be honest to all the players and if a player has no prospects then it is difficult for the coach to work with,” Brands explained.
Klaassen appears an indictment of what Brands hinted Everton have done wrong in a period when expensive recruitment has backfired. Their expenditure in the last two year amounts to almost £200m.
Klaassen, along with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney, was one of three No. 10s to join in swift succession. Brands outlined the new parameters in the transfer market.
“It must not be a signing where we have already two players in that position,” he said. “It must be a signing that makes us better and it is also important if we have a young player from our academy in that position.”
Sam Allardyce’s conservatism came at a cost to Everton’s emerging players. Now their new powerbrokers sounded in unison.
Silva, a precocious coach, promised he would not discriminate against youth. “For me the most important thing is not age,” he explained.
“I can tell you that I have the inner courage to take the decisions.”