Thursday 5 December 2019

Iheanacho winner may spell end for Silva

Leicester City 2-1 Everton

Everton manager Marco Silva. Photo: PA
Everton manager Marco Silva. Photo: PA
Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring the winner. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Marco Silva is clinging on to his job at Everton by his fingernails after a dramatic and controversial defeat at the King Power Stadium.

Kelechi Iheanacho's winner in added time was awarded after review by the video assistant referee to leave Silva facing the end of his reign as manager.

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Iheanacho appeared offside when he was sent clear, bypassing Yerry Mina to curl a shot into the corner, and Silva could only watch in disbelief as two minutes elapsed before the goal was given.

The last time Silva lost at the King Power Stadium, he was sacked as Watford manager in January 2018, and this result could have severe repercussions for the Portuguese.

Leicester secured a sixth Premier League win in-a-row after the crucial goal from Iheanacho, a substitute, and the Brendan Rodgers revolution continues to gather momentum.

Everton had threatened to hand Rodgers his first home defeat since April after Richarlison's first-half header, but Jamie Vardy scored for the sixth game running before Iheanacho's late strike piled on the agony for Silva.

After a huge £100million spend in the summer, Everton had ambitions of hanging on the coat-tails of Liverpool and Manchester City this season.

Yet this has been a campaign of underachievement, with Silva facing the prospect of becoming the fourth managerial casualty in three-and-a-half years at Goodison Park.

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