Daily Express

NO WAY BACK Silva’s exit 0 2 ‘inevitable’

- By David Maddock

MARCO SILVA walked on to the silent and litter-strewn Goodison concourse, paused and glanced backwards.

The look said more than words could. Haunted. Distant. Lost. He knew what we all did after this harrowing defeat by bottom club Norwich; there was no way back.

Not when the away fans start singing “You’re getting sacked in the morning” and all four stands of thunderous blue join in.

It was not just toxic by the end of a poisonous afternoon, it was a nuclear wasteland for Silva.

He knew all that. But he turned and walked back towards us, a huddle of journalist­s he realised would ask the questions he could not answer. Only Farhad Moshiri can answer them and no matter how long the Everton owner draws it out, there is only one answer.

Yet is it enough to simply sack the manager and hope Everton’s problems are spirited away? Well, without doubt there was no fight in the team who lost to Norwich, no leadership, no responsibi­lity. The word from the training ground is that the players barely know what is being asked of them any more.

Another boss would instil more pride. There would be no lack of commitment with David Moyes again, for instance, or confusion.

Silva said of the speculatio­n: “It’s nothing new at Everton. That we are talking about it shows

it again. But it’s not the right moment to talk about it, or to take these type of conclusion­s. It is not a moment to talk about the situation at the club, because it will not change anything and I am here to find solutions, not to create more problems.”

He will not have time, of course. But after his departure, Moshiri must sit down, perhaps with chairman Bill Kenwright, and plot a clearer future for the club based on the real identity of Everton. EVERTON (4–2-3-1): Pickford 6; Sidibe 4 (Coleman 66, 6), Mina 5, Holgate 5, Digne 5; Davies 5, Schneiderl­in 4 (Iwobi 56, 6); Walcott 5 (Calvert-Lewin 65, 6), Sigurdsson 4, Richarliso­n 5; Tosun 4.

NORWICH (4–2-3-1): Krul 7; Aarons 7, Zimmermann 8, Godfrey 7, Byram 6; Tetty 8, Trybull 7; Cantwell 7(Beundia 81), Hernandez 7, McLean 6 (Amadou 88); Pukki 6 (Srbeny 90). Goals: Cantwell 54, Srbeny 90. long as possible. Kenwright listened to the complaints of the fans after the game and agreed it was not good enough.

Initially, Moshiri said he wanted Silva to be in charge at Leicester on Sunday.

But the wider feeling at the club is that there is no time to delay – with the overwhelmi­ng majority of supporters calling for immediate action.

Moshiri spoke with his board again yesterday and the consensus was that Silva’s departure is inevitable.

The experience of Moyes, who has been out of work since leaving West Ham in May 2018, is a key factor. He knows Everton inside-out and understand­s the demands of the fans.

The Toffees are deep in the mire. They are four points off the relegation zone, and after the Leicester trip they take on Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in the league.

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Picture: JASON CAIRNDUFF THE END IS NIGH: Silva has lost the dressing room
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FLYING CANARY Dennis Srbeny hits second and Todd Cantwell, left, enjoys his opener

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