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.
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.