Silva sound­ing like an Ever­ton coach but now he needs time

When his style of play was crit­i­cised by for­mer man­ager Sam Al­lardyce, the feisty Por­tuguese stood his ground

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League -

There was a mo­ment last week when, for the first time since he was ap­pointed, Marco Silva sounded like an Ever­ton man­ager. It came in re­sponse to pre­de­ces­sor Sam Al­lardyce’s jibe about Silva’s style of foot­ball, the for­mer Good­i­son man­ager claim­ing crit­i­cism of his reign last sea­son was more about per­cep­tion than re­al­ity.

Silva stood his ground, stat­ing he would ac­knowl­edge crit­i­cism only from fans or for­mer man­agers who truly loved the club rather than those with their own agenda.

“If it is David Moyes, maybe I would lis­ten be­cause he did some­thing re­ally im­por­tant at this club,” Silva said.

Whether a planned re­sponse or not, Silva demon­strated the dif­fer­ence be­tween Al­lardyce and him­self. He said what ev­ery Ever­to­nian was think­ing. This is the kind of em­pa­thy and feisti­ness the fans want.

It might sound triv­ial. It is bet­ter to have a coach who gets re­sults than one who wins over the crowd with pub­lic com­ments, but never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of a man­ager “get­ting” what his club rep­re­sent. In the city of Liverpool, it is es­pe­cially cru­cial. I would say it is as im­por­tant at Ever­ton as any­where else to play to the gallery oc­ca­sion­ally, giv­ing the sup­port­ers hope there are bet­ter times ahead dur­ing an­other tran­si­tional pe­riod.

Silva is usu­ally re­served in the me­dia, rarely mak­ing head­line­grab­bing re­marks. It would serve him well at Ever­ton to open up more. When an op­por­tu­nity comes to de­fend your­self and the club, em­brace it.

No man­ager will sur­vive if re­sults and per­for­mances are poor, but they can buy them­selves time by con­nect­ing with the fan base. The most suc­cess­ful Ever­ton man­agers ex­celled at this as much as build­ing a team to be proud of.

There has been plenty of un­fair re­vi­sion­ism of Moyes’s Ever­ton reign since he left, but he won him­self in­stant good­will when declar­ing Ever­ton “The Peo­ple’s Club” upon his ap­point­ment. The club still use that in all their pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial. Moyes en­joyed good times and dips, and through­out the sup­port­ers al­ways felt he was “one of them” be­cause of his re­marks on day one.

Silva needs to find his voice in the job to re­as­sure in­creas­ingly anx­ious sup­port­ers he will live up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Ever­ton’s board cer­tainly un­der­stand the need to serve reg­u­lar help­ings of hope. At this week’s gen­eral meet­ing, chief ex­ec­u­tive

Denise Bar­ret­tbax­en­dale an­nounced the lofty am­bi­tion to com­pete for the Pre­mier League and Cham­pi­ons League over the next decade.

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