Defiant Silva ‘not worried’ by Everton’s losing run
In March 2018, Sam Allardyce had to face the wrath of the travelling Everton supporters following a 2-1 defeat at Burnley.
Such is the set-up at Turf Moor, with the tunnel to the dressing rooms in the far corner, that players and manager must stride past the visiting supporters. It is impossible to make a quick and quiet getaway.
For Allardyce, that day marked the beginning of the end of his spell as Everton manager. On this occasion, Marco Silva was walking the plank after Everton slipped to a 1-0 loss – their fourth consecutive defeat in the league. The message from irate fans was clear: what is being served up is not good enough.
Under Silva, Everton have brought in 12 first-team players, but the general direction of the team is unclear. Vulnerable at the back, and especially from set-pieces as they showed in conceding Jeff Hendrick’s goal from a corner on Saturday, they are also struggling in attack, with neither Dominic Calvert-lewin nor Moise Kean of the age to play the lone frontman role.
Having expected to be challenging for the top six, their position in the table is a worry. But Silva is channelling the spirit of Jose Mourinho and offers fighting talk.
“I never lose my focus,” he said. “I never lose my desire, and I never lose what is important in my job. In some moments, you have to be the most calm person to change the team, so you can think and react and show your players the way.
“Of course, we’re not worried at the moment. I have the same confidence I had at the beginning of the season. I’m not happy with the results and the position we are in, but by working hard and being braver, more clinical, we can win games.”
As for Burnley, it was pointed out to Sean Dyche, the manager, that they had as many points (12) as after the corresponding fixture last season. That was a 5-1 defeat by Everton on Boxing Day, which left Burnley in the bottom three. Since then they have amassed 40 points from 27 games. If Burnley keep that up, they could repeat their seventhplace finish of two seasons ago.