FOOT­BALL

Evening Times - - ATHLETICS -

STEVE NAILOR

DE­FEAT in the Mersey­side derby proved the fi­nal straw as Ever­ton dis­missed man­ager Marco Silva yes­ter­day.

The Por­tuguese (right) had been un­der in­tense pres­sure since a home de­feat by Nor­wich on Novem­ber 23 and that was fol­lowed by losses against Le­ices­ter and, on Tues­day, a 5-2 ham­mer­ing by Liver­pool.

Re­ports yes­ter­day morn­ing emerged that the pa­tience of ma­jor­ity share­holder Farhad Moshiri and the board had fi­nally run out and the axe came down shortly af­ter 7pm.

A state­ment from Ever­ton read: “Ever­ton Foot­ball Club can con­firm that man­ager Marco Silva has left the club.

“Ma­jor­ity share­holder Farhad Moshiri, chair­man Bill Ken­wright and the board of direc­tors would like to thank Marco for his ser­vice over the last 18 months and wish him well for the fu­ture. “Dun­can

Fer­gu­son has taken tem­po­rary charge of the first team. “The club aims to con­firm a new per­ma­nent man­ager as swiftly as pos­si­ble.”

Silva leaves with Ever­ton in the rel­e­ga­tion zone and with matches against Chelsea, Manch­ester United and Arse­nal be­fore Christ­mas. For­mer man­ager David Moyes, po­ten­tially with ex-player Tim Cahill, ap­pears to be the front-run­ner for a re­turn to the hot­seat.

STEVE NAILOR

NEAL Mau­pay headed home a late win­ner as Brighton in­flicted de­feat on Arse­nal in­terim head coach Fred­die Ljung­berg in his first home game in charge.

The 2-1 loss took the Gun­ners’ win­less streak to nine matches, their worst run in over 42 years, with Ljung­berg un­able to over­see an im­me­di­ate up­turn in for­tunes. He was placed in tem­po­rary charge fol­low­ing Unai Emery’s sack­ing last week but a draw at Nor­wich was fol­lowed up by a poor show­ing as Brighton se­cured their first-ever away vic­tory against Arse­nal.

Adam Web­ster’s goal gave Gra­ham Pot­ter’s side a de­served half-time lead with Mau­pay turn­ing home in the 80th minute af­ter Alexan­dre La­cazette had lev­elled.

Else­where New­cas­tle won 2-0 at Sh­effield United, Al­lan Saint-Maz­imin and Jonjo Shelvey scor­ing ei­ther side of half-time.

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