Tuesday 26 March 2019

Silva finally agrees deal to take over at Everton

Goodison-bound: Marco Silva. Photo: Getty Images
Goodison-bound: Marco Silva. Photo: Getty Images

Jason Burt

Everton are expected to confirm the appointment of Marco Silva as their new head coach by the end of the week.

The announcement could even be co-ordinated to coincide with the first official day in the job for Everton's new director of football, Marcel Brands, who starts work on Friday and has rubber-stamped the appointment.

Silva has been Everton's number one target since they sacked Sam Allardyce at the end of the season, having appointed the ex-England manager only after failing to persuade Watford to release Silva last autumn following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman.

Silva, 40, was subsequently sacked by Watford in January, after a poor run of form, and the two clubs have been in dispute ever since with threats of legal action over compensation and complaints to the Premier League.

It remains to be seen whether those issues have been resolved but Everton are pressing ahead with the appointment.

Everton's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri believes that Silva fits the mould of the kind of younger, dynamic training ground coach he wants to make the club a force again.

Silva will work with Brands on a clear-out of players at Everton after a disastrous summer of spending last year.

Brands has been involved in the final process of identifying Allardyce's successor, who will work within a new system in which the director of football has huge influence.

Silva, who has made no secret of the fact that he wants to return to the Premier League, has turned down offers from across Europe and China to join Everton.

Silva rose to prominence guiding Estoril in Portugal from the brink of bankruptcy into the Europa League and then won the Portuguese Cup with Sporting CP and the Greek title with Olympiakos.

During two spells in the Premier League he almost saved Hull from relegation and then started well at Watford before being dismissed mid-season with Everton's interest in him blamed for a run of poor results.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is set to become the new manager of Derby County, with with Jody Morris, his former Chelsea team-mate, joining him at Pride Park. Lampard will replace Gary Rowett, who left Derby to join Stoke City last week.

© Daily Telegraph, London


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