Andy Gray spoke exclusively to the Daily Mirror following repeated calls to dismiss Marco Silva as Everton boss, but the former striker insists that the fanbase need to give Silva more time ahead of a difficult season.
Gray, who helped guide the Toffees to FA Cup, league title and European Cup Winners’ Cup victories in the mid-1980s, had his say surrounding the pressure on manager Silva – with the Goodison Park legend highlighting the fact he may need more time in order to turn their bad form around.
In their last outing, a 2-1 victory at fellow strugglers Southampton, there were some signs of improvement – with previous bench-warmers Tom Davies and Djibril Sidibe, in particular, having brilliant games whilst helping to guide the Toffees to a much-needed win.
Speaking to the Mirror, Gray claimed they have to stop hiring and firing managers, whilst sticking with their under-fire boss just like the club did with Howard Kendall in the ’80s.
“When I arrived at Everton, Howard was under huge pressure,” said the former Blues striker.
“There were petitions saying ‘Kendall must go’. Philip Carter, in fairness to him, stuck by him.
“It was staggering that we could turn from what we were to what we became in such a short period, it was unbelievable.
“I hope Silva can also turn it around. I don’t want Everton to become a club that sacks managers every 18 months. At some time, someone has to be given time.
“If they feel Silva is the man, then they’ve got to stick with him.”
Indeed, some parallels can be drawn between the Kendall situation and now, but that was a different time.
In today’s market, the overall feeling is kill or be killed – with managers having less time than ever to implement their philosophies and strive on a path to success.
It’s difficult to tell whether sticking with the Portuguese gaffer would eventually pay off, but in today’s footballing era, coaches are often sacked before ever having the chance to find out if they could become a legend over time.
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