Back on May 31 of this year, Premier League outfit Everton confirmed that they had appointed Marco Silva as the club’s new manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce.
Former England boss Allardyce took over at Goodison Park back in November 2017 following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, eventually leading the Toffees to an eighth place finish in the Premier League last season, but doing so with a style of play that seriously riled Everton fans.
As such, owner Farhad Moshiri made the decision to part with the Englishman in favour of 41-year-old Silva, whose arrival on Merseyside prompted a hugely positive and optimistic reaction from several Evertonians on Twitter…
— Steve Jackson (@SteveJackoEFC) May 31, 2018
Welcome to Everton marco now let’s get behind him and look forward to the new season with a bit of optimism! #UTFT
— Colin Kelso (@bluekelso_78) May 31, 2018
— liam (@Reidy_25) May 31, 2018
Finally bit of good news
— Michael Doyle (@Michael_efc1878) May 31, 2018
Welcome lad. Let the good times roll
— Hilary Greenway (@HilaryGreenway) May 31, 2018
Hopefully onwards and upwards for us #WelcomeMarco
— Kell (@Kell_griff) June 1, 2018
— The Silva Blues (@The_Silva_Blues) May 31, 2018
Time to look forward ! #coyb
— Ian (@Ian_bounce_out) June 4, 2018
And with the Toffees without doubt making progress under the stewardship of the Portuguese, it appears that Moshiri is certainly reaping the rewards from his bold yet brilliant call to appoint the ex-Watford and Hull City boss.
Ultimately, Silva began to make a name for himself in English football when he took over relegation-threatened Hull back in January 2017, with the 41-year-old giving the Tigers a chance of avoiding the drop with eight wins in his 22 games in charge, only to eventually come up short.
Nonetheless, that spell rose his stock ten-fold, and Watford came calling last summer following the departure of Walter Mazzarri, with Silva making a fine start at Vicarage Road only to oversee a woeful run of form between October and January, eventually resulting in his sacking.
Again though, the 41-year-old earned many rave reviews for the way he went about things at the Hertfordshire-based outfit, playing a style of football that Everton fans were crying out for given the bland, boring football served up by Allardyce throughout his tenure.
And while Silva made an indifferent start to life at Everton following his appointment during the summer, winning just one of his opening six Premier League matches, things have certainly got significantly better in recent times to suggest that the 41-year-old is the man to take the Toffees forward.
His side have won five of their last eight league games, and while they suffered late heartache against Liverpool on Sunday, they produced arguably the best and most purposeful Everton performance at Anfield in many a year – add that to the fact they were unfortunate to lose to Manchester United a few weeks back, and it’s clear the strides the club have made under Silva.
As such, there is genuine optimism among Evertonians that, under Silva, the Toffees can begin to make ground in the Premier League and perhaps compete with the country’s best teams once again – that was a distant hope at the start of the year.
Thus, the decision to sack Allardyce was one that needed to be made, yet appointing Silva came with it some concerns given he had lasted just six months at each of his previous two Premier League jobs, and alarmingly wasn’t able to get Watford out of a rut near the end of his tenure there.
Nonetheless, early indications suggest that Moshiri has got the huge decision to appoint Silva absolutely spot on.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!