Everton’s conflicted identity and long-term ambitions were once again thrown into the spotlight on New Year’s Day after Jamie Vardy delivered a knockout blow to seal a 1-0 victory for Leicester City at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have long been in a crisis of circumstance. They are a club occupying space in the twilight zone between the top-six and the rest of the division, aspiring to extend the elite group of Premier League clubs into a top-seven without genuinely threatening their supremacy.
Not only do Everton fans want to see results but they also want to see attractive football which they can be proud of, something which Sam Allardyce failed to deliver in his time at the club.
Allarydce paid the ultimate price for his style of football and Silva took the reigns at Goodison in the summer, and so far he has enjoyed a mixed opening to life on Merseyside.
The question of whether Silva’s style of football is effective enough to give Everton supporters what they want naturally came to the fore in the aftermath of their defeat yesterday, and Allardyce was eager to have his own say on the situation while speaking to talkSPORT.
“They have to deliver more results. You can talk about playing out from the back and attractive football but you’ll never survive as didn’t Ronald as didn’t Roberto, they all played what was so called better football than me but they never survived, so it is at the end of the day all about winning football matches.”
There are certainly signs of sour grapes from Allardyce following his difficult spell at Everton, however, there is no doubt he raises a fair point regarding Silva’s future.
Both Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman – two excellent managers who have gone on to manage the Belgian and Dutch national sides respectively – were perceived as managers with styles which closely aligned with Everton ideals and long-term aspirations, but ultimately they were dismissed from their posts at the first sign of struggle.
What both their careers exemplify is the lack of patience which will be afforded to Silva. That fresh questions are already being asked of the Portuguese manager in light of Everton’s latest defeat underlines the short-term thinking of both the media and the supporters, and that tempestuous trend could ultimately come back to bite him.
There remain problem areas for Silva to address – particularly at centre-forward – before concrete judgements can be made regarding his long-term credentials but, as Allardyce has ominously alluded to, history reveals that time is at a premium for him to make his mark at Everton.
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