Report: Brands to meet Silva this week

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 64comments  |  Jump to most recent

Marcel Brands will hold talks with Marco Silva about the vacant manager's position at Everton before the weekend, according to MailSport.

Dominic King reports that the Blues' new director of football is taking the lead on negotiating terms with the former Watford man who remains the front-runner for the job in the wake of Sam Allardyce's removal last week.

The same report repeats a similar assertion made by the Mail earlier this week that Bill Kenwright could soon step down to usher in Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek-born billionaire who has been frustrated in his attempts to gain a seat on Arsenal's board of directors.

Usmanov has always insisted he has no intention of selling his 30% stake in the Gunners but he has been unsuccessful in persuading owner Stan Kroenke to relinquish control at The Emirates.


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Ron Marr
1 Posted 22/05/2018 at 23:15:46
The drinks are on Steve Ferns. I'll have a virtual pint of Bitter.
John Pickles
2 Posted 22/05/2018 at 00:02:37
Better get in quick before Derby County pinch him from under our noses.
Sur Jo
3 Posted 23/05/2018 at 00:49:46
I believe the press report to be conflicting. It is Moshiri's money and he is not that innocent that he will delegate a multi-million pound decision solely in the hands of a 'head of player recruitment' to be honest.

It's summer and everyone is taking their foot off the pedal at Everton after having such a tumultuous season. The appointment will be made in due course over the next few days or week. Of course, Silva will meet with Brands and Moshiri may look for reassurances from Brands. But it is not that Brands holds all the cards. Moshiri may have asked Brands to meet with Silva and find a working relationship, and that is the extent of it.

Paperwork needs to be taken care of and Mr Moshiri isn't sitting at Finch Farm daily waiting for the paperwork to arrive. It is more a case of the paperwork waiting for when Mr Moshiri is free, which could be on a given day, which is forthcoming.

Jay Harris
4 Posted 23/05/2018 at 01:04:12
I personally think Kenwright going will be the start of a new successful era.
Karl Masters
5 Posted 23/05/2018 at 01:07:28
Usmanov link continues; that's potentially an even bigger story than who the Coach is going to be.

Interesting times... Pivotal even.

David Israel
6 Posted 23/05/2018 at 01:28:45
A friend of mine told me the Portuguese press are talking of a five-year contract. I haven't read anything to that effect on English media. Has anyone?
Ron Marr
7 Posted 23/05/2018 at 01:41:13
Owner Farhad Moshiri hopes he will still be in charge in at least five years' time.

Link to Sky story

Jason Leung
8 Posted 23/05/2018 at 03:35:20
Beginning to feel we missed the beat with Manuel Pellegrini. He's saying all the right things right now with West Ham in regards to attacking football and buying the right players.

I wonder why we didn't go for him? Premier League winner and plenty of experience in Champions League. And if he signed for West Ham, surely he would have considered us as an option.

Paul Kelly
9 Posted 23/05/2018 at 03:53:56
Good, bit of diligence from the boys, almost makes me think we’re doing things professionally!

Though I can’t see these two meeting up and not having a conversation about shampoo/conditioner combo or the benefits of a Hard Part Pompadour with Mid Bald Fade.

Jerome Shields
10 Posted 23/05/2018 at 05:23:09
The problems are:

● At Board level, they haven't a clue who should manage Everton.

● The chasing after SIlva has all the hallmarks of the Koeman recruitment debacle. Though this time the shortcoming of Silva are in the English and in the British Press. . . No one has said yet they have read about his history in the Portuguese press.

● The list of candidates for the Everton job is non-existent, as Brands is finding out.

● The Club has been damaged by the Koeman and Allardyce tenures.

● The appointment should be for five years such is the mess, but a one year contract is less risky given the candidates available or coming forward.

● Once again Pellegrini was missed.

● It appears that the Board have been sitting on their hands all season.

● Moshiri was sticking with Allardyce for next season up to a month before the end of the season.

● Silva in his time off has been looking for a job elsewhere and has some offers.

Brands is now being expected to pull a suitable Manager out of the hat at short notice; hopefully he can.

Joe O'Brien
11 Posted 23/05/2018 at 07:37:27
Jerome you should have started off with saying you THINK the problems are... instead of simply 'The problems are...'
Derek Knox
12 Posted 23/05/2018 at 07:39:27
Wow Jerome, you have certainly identified a lot of the problems there!

Not doubting Pellegrini is/was a good Manager, but many feel – and I include myself in that category – that maybe he is too old, bathchair and buckets, as one TW described him on another thread.

I am becoming increasingly impressed with Marcel Brands's approach to the post; talk about new brooms etc.

Jamie Evans
13 Posted 23/05/2018 at 07:46:35
Very, very funny, Paul Kelly.

Is a mid bald fade what Martinez suffered once we appointed him?

Sam Hoare
14 Posted 23/05/2018 at 07:47:23
Fair few assumptions in there Jerome! Didn't we interview Pellegrini last time around pre-Koeman? I think he's a good manager but you never know. Time will tell if he's well suited to take a mid-table Premier League club forward.
John Otway
15 Posted 23/05/2018 at 08:27:58
Jerome, I'm in awe of your insider knowledge. How do I register for your Twitter account?
Ajay Gopal
16 Posted 23/05/2018 at 09:13:13
Jerome, just say what's on your mind!
Kunal Desai
17 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:00:04
Jerome. I'm not sure I'd agree with all your points there. How can the board be doing nothing, when sweeping changes were made by Moshiri last week?

I have faith that Brands will deliver much more than Walsh ever did. The chasing of Silva doesn't have the hallmarks of Koeman.

The season finished over a week ago, West Ham and Arsenal have just announced new managers and I'm sure we will be doing the same later this week or early next week.

It certainly is a pivotal summer to get many things right. We cannot have a repeat of the last two summers and it comes to a point where the fans have no confidence in the board.

It certainly is set to be an interesting summer ahead.

Trevor Powell
18 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:23:49
Can we have an updated new manager poll as Emery is now off the agenda and perhaps whittle it down to the top four on the original poll?

So: Howe versus Silva versus Benitez versus Arteta as these are the only real options at present.

Jim Harrison
19 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:34:18

Sorry, I don't think Moshiri was ever sticking with Sam.

John Roberts
20 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:35:16
Silva has always been lined up since the day he got sacked and maybe even before that, I will eat my words if he isn't appointed. My theory was even more supported when Southampton didn't take him on instead opting for Hughes.

Why hasn't he got another job since???? My guess is since January he's been told to start planning for next season at Goodison Park which hopefully is a good thing.

Paul Kelly
21 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:40:57
Jamie, I understand you, but off tangent. If he had twice as much hair as he had when he joined us, he’d still only have half the required amount for a Hard Part Pompadour with Mid Bald Fade!!

The ‘Advance hair studio’ will be sporting his egg in the nest bonce, (before and after photos) in the back page of every ‘quality’ tabloid very soon I should imagine.

As for Brands, I ain’t seen such a head of hair since Simba come of age in the Lion King.

Jon Withey
22 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:41:16
Down to the bare bones now?

Unless we are going on a spending spree we need a coach to get the best out of what we have – so I'm ruling out Arteta.

Benitez is a decent manager but would just be a side-show like Allardyce.

I like Howe, he's a risk... who knows. Maybe a British manager fits better at the club right now?

Silva seemed to be our choice at the point we were making bad choices – let's see what Brands thinks

It would be nicer if we were poaching managers from clubs above us though – Dyche, Conte or Wenger? Perhaps only Dyche would consider it.

Kind of demonstrates our challenge – over-pay for mercenaries / retirees or gamble on eager up-and-coming.

Paul Kelly
23 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:46:39
Back to non-hairdo talk, I agree with John above, kind of echoes my thoughts exactly. I'd be very shocked if it wasn't Silva, the manager, not the Alberto V05 silver option available from any fine retailer. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)
Darren Murphy
24 Posted 23/05/2018 at 10:57:05
Jay @4, I think so too, man. Silva isn't the answer personally, but I'll wait and back him if he's in. Anything is better than the shite we got served up last season.
Derek Knox
25 Posted 23/05/2018 at 11:01:17
Paul Kelly, we need stability at the Club after so many transitional mistakes have been made, we want players who will improve our team (not hard, I know) and above all, the correct Manager who is on board for the long term.

None of this 'Hair today, gone tomorrow'.

Mike Keating
26 Posted 23/05/2018 at 11:06:53
Only one mention of Conte on here... Anyone think he's a viable alternative — as in: Would he come up north?
Steve Carter
27 Posted 23/05/2018 at 11:11:19
If yer know yer ‘istory. The song goes. In our history, only with an ex-player manager have we ever won anything. Which suggests we should speak to Mikel Arteta. Just saying.
Tony Everan
28 Posted 23/05/2018 at 11:16:12
Brands has known he was coming to Everton for a couple of months now. He will have done extensive research on who he wants to work with as Everton's manager.

It is no coincidence that Brands is on board first. His working relationship with the manager will be integral to the success of the club.

The important thing is that Brands can choose who he wants to work with. Silva may be top of the list but, if there is no chemistry between him and Brands or their personalities clash, Brands may walk away from him.

I don't think it is as done a deal as it is made out to be. A lot will depend on how positive the meetings between Silva and Brands are later this week.

I am hoping that they can have mutual respect and understanding of the challenges and have a great working relationship. As it stands, it has the potential to be the best management team to make the club and football team progress.

Brian Harrison
29 Posted 23/05/2018 at 11:28:23
I don't know why so much attention is paid to Brands. It seems like we did the same thing when Walsh was appointed, believing Walsh would bring us some brilliant players and change our style.

Brands has built a reputation on the back of some good managers just like Walsh did, Brands has worked with Martin Jol first at RKC Waalwijk, then under Louis Van Gaal at AZ Alkmar. He then moved to PSV first working under Dick Advocat and latterly under Phillip Cocu who has won 3 Erividese Champions.

So, for me, he is a chief scout, just like Walsh but its the manager that is the most important person at the club, not the DOF. Surely if he was that talented he would be the next manager.

They once asked the great golfer, Lee Trevino, why he never asked his caddie what club he should use or to help read putts on the green. His reply was, "If he was that good, he should be on tour instead of me!"

I think that sums up perfectly my thoughts about placing too much emphasis on a DOF. I have never seen it be successful in England and I am yet to be convinced it will ever work.

Lawrence Green
30 Posted 23/05/2018 at 11:34:02
According to some reports, it looks as if Brands has been told to do some much-needed pruning to the size of the squad and to significantly lower the wage bill. Bearing this in mind, the likes of Emery, Conte et al probably wouldn't consider moving to Everton, and for all we know, Silva himself might be getting cold feet, as the "money no object" mentality seen at the club in the last couple of years looks as if it is to be replaced by an "every penny counts" mentality.

Long-term this makes good business sense, but in the short-term, will the club be able to make the necessary improvements to the squad to be able to compete at the higher end of the table? Hopefully, the answer will be yes, but it may take a good amount of luck and no little amount of patience from all involved, not least from us as supporters.

Jon Withey
31 Posted 23/05/2018 at 11:52:48
The manager is important – but if Moshiri can't lean on Brands for football knowledge & experience at this point then who? It's precisely his experience with good managers / organisations that make him experienced and employable. Otherwise he might as well use his gut, Kenwright or a fan.

If we end up penny-pinching too much, we might as well go back to Kenwright, ha! No doubt the squad is bloated – even Allardyce was banging that drum.

Rooney's sale will save them a few bob. Williams, McCarthy, Besic, Mirallas might not sell for much but it's all wage bills. Bolasie, Stekelenburg even.

Jamie Evans
32 Posted 23/05/2018 at 12:57:10
Emery has got a good head of hair on him as well. Just saying.
All slicked back like that, he reminds me of a Capo in the Tony Soprano crew.

Now as for Antonio Conte's hair, don't get me started. Wow! Just wow!

The question is: cCould him and his locks be tempted to join us? Alas, I think we all know the answer to that.


Dan Nulty
33 Posted 23/05/2018 at 12:57:59
Looking at the poll reports, it seems we fans don't have a clue who the stand-out manager is we want. I can't believe Benitez is top of the list taking out Emery.
Tony Abrahams
34 Posted 23/05/2018 at 13:11:16
Mike @24 and Jamie @32, I don't want to be shot down off Andy again, but a mate has just told me that Conte is just waiting for Chelsea to sack him, pay him off (£9 fucking Million!!!) and he's quite happy for Everton to make him the highest-paid manager in the Premier League!

Jamie Evans
35 Posted 23/05/2018 at 13:21:22
Tony @34, sorry to repeat myself, but Wow! Just wow!

As the kiddas on the street would say -

"Lad, I would take that all day, lad."

All. Day. Lad.

Steve Ferns
36 Posted 23/05/2018 at 13:32:06
That's interesting, Tony. It said on one of the back pages that he was happy to take his £9M and have a year off (sabbatical).

On the highest paid manager in the league, how much is that? Wenger was on £12M a year. Pep must be on more. We paid Koeman £6M a year. Would Moshiri really stretch to more than doubling what we usually pay managers?

Next, what would Conte actually do? How would we achieve our aims? Can he deliver? Would the football be defensive?

His record is mixed. He was sacked from his first job as his side were relegated from the second to the third tier. Then he got Bari promoted to the top flight. Then he flirted with Juve, but instead ended up at Atalanta. He got sacked with them in the bottom 2. Then he brought Siena back to Serie A.

At this point, all he'd done was get a couple of teams promoted and two sides relegated, but yet landed the biggest job in Italy. No doubt that his record as a great player for Juve was a significant factor. Juve were not as they are now, and this was in the process of re-establishing in the top flight after the match-fixing scandal that saw them relegated. They were 7th the year they turned to Conte. They were Champions in his first season. In fact, they won Serie A in each of the three seasons he managed them.

He then took on the Italy job in 2014. He took Italy to the last 8 of the Euros before losing to the Germans on penalties. That wasn't a bad result, particularly in light of what happened next to Italy. We all know he won the Premier League for Chelsea in his first season, but struggled to 5th this season.

No doubt about it, Conte has won a lot. 4 league titles in his last 5 seasons in club football. Lots of success. I should be excited that he'd even talk to us. But I'm not. I have reservations over him. I don't enjoy his football. I hate 3-5-2, I always have. He has spent a lot of money. He is defence first.

Is he really the best man to take Everton to the promised land? Is he worth the money? Yes, I know, I should give myself a slap and say don't be daft he's a proven winner. I just can't shake the feeling that we'd have the Conte of this season and the one who got relegated twice and had Atalanta in the bottom two.

Alan J Thompson
37 Posted 23/05/2018 at 13:33:20
Apparently it may take a week as there seems to be a sticking point over the clause concerning the two weeks notice that can be given by either side.

Who says we never learn?

William Gall
38 Posted 23/05/2018 at 13:36:25
I think supporters are beginning to believe that we are not as big a club as we used to be or still are... Most of us were of the opinion that any of the supposed top managers we offered the job to would jump at it. With the number of high profile managers going elsewhere, it seems we are left with the bottom end of the pool.
Jon Withey
39 Posted 23/05/2018 at 14:55:25
We aren't even in the Europa League — why would a manager who gets into the Champions League every year choose Everton over a job like Arsenal? Maybe in the future... but not now.
Tony Abrahams
40 Posted 23/05/2018 at 15:19:07
I'm not sure it would work either, Steve, but not because of the manager though, but because of the players.

It seems a bit far-fetched to me anyway, but why would we want a manager at Everton who has been relegated in the past?

Only kidding, of course, because I'm a great believer that you learn a lot more in adversity... And is probably the reason why, that I'm hoping for Silva!

Michael Kenrick
41 Posted 23/05/2018 at 16:39:19
I know there's always a whole boatload of conjecture surrounding people's desire to know the future but Lawrence (#30), this one got my goat in a head-lock:

The "money no object" mentality seen at the club in the last couple of years looks as if it is to be replaced by an "every penny counts" mentality.

Where are you getting that from? I'm not reading every story on NewsNow like I should be (as 90% are now blatant click-bait), but I don't recall seeing that anywhere? Are you just making it up???

James Marshall
42 Posted 23/05/2018 at 16:51:37
Given what went on before, Moshiri would look even more stupid if he didn't employ Silva now. Or at least try hard to do so.

He's not my cup of tea, but we do support Everton so he's about our limit these days given the club's mediocre (at best) standing in the game.

Teddy Draper
43 Posted 23/05/2018 at 16:51:55
Before I start to get slated about this post, especially the heading, may I just remind you of our last few managers?

Martinez: who would sign him after taking a club down; (Everton did )

Koeman: one cold fish, who to me anyway did not have a clue, but we signed him.

Who would sign Mr Allardyce after being sacked from his one-match tenure for England, and we all know why that was. Only Everton could do that.

The money totally wasted on last year's atrocious signings... I could go on, but I think you all get the point.

Now,we are looking for a new manager, what do we do? If you believe the rumours, we go for Watford's ex-manager. Come on guys... Watford! If he's not good enough for them then he must be good enough for us, according to the board.

I went to my first Goodson Park game in 1948, age 10, I am now 81 and have seen a lot appertaining to this wonderful club of ours, but in recent times it has saddened me to see the total lack of foresight and lack of ambition.

Surely these clowns in charge can see the downward spiral this club is in? Bally, Labone, Dixie and all the greats (past and present) surely must have a tear in their eye at this very sorry situation.

Thanks for listening to a very angry old man.

Paul Birmingham
44 Posted 23/05/2018 at 17:09:47
So far, personally, I'm glad there's silence, from Silva.

I've said previously on other TW threads, I believe, (without proof) and I'm probably miles offside, but the fella must be on a retainer all this he's been in the window since, his sacking by Watford.

If the case, he's had plenty of time to scout, plan and prepare. Is this the additional value for money, and benefit, of this deal, if it comes off?

Whatever happens, let's hope EFC delivers the “real deal” and no more fairy tales.

Hope eternal, let's hope all get behind the new boss, whomever he will be.

Get them in training early, and weekly and daily checks, on the players' fitness and body shape. The last few seasons, in my book, we've looked knackered and laboured, even without the ball.

Happy days, when did we last have some?

Tony Twist
45 Posted 23/05/2018 at 17:11:36
Jeez, get a move on, Everton, it doesn't make a good impression especially if, in the end, you are employing the bloke that has been touted for months!

With regards to Pellegrini and us not interested, I am not bothered. We desperately need a coach more than anything to get the most out of these clueless players and I'm not sure Pellegrini is like that.

Tony Everan
46 Posted 23/05/2018 at 17:33:52
Paul (#44),

I would like to see huge improvements in fitness next season. Whenever we played the top six last season, it wasn't just that we were playing bad football... every one of those teams were fitter than us.

I want Brands to make sure that doesn't happen on his watch.

David Israel
47 Posted 23/05/2018 at 17:54:59
Thank you very much, Ron #7.
Paul Moorhouse
48 Posted 23/05/2018 at 18:10:12
I'm really hoping the delay in making an appointment is because Brands has been brought in to the process and, like me, is not convinced about Marco Silva.

The guy I believe we should be having a very serious look at is the former Red Bull Leipzig coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl. He has done great things at Red Bull, his teams play an aggressive pressing style and he's been working successfully with a director of football, Ralf Rangnick, in a model similar to the one that we now have. He's also available having left last week due to an admittedly odd contract dispute.

I don't get the apparent inevitability of Silva, yet this guy is under the radar. I reckon we'd be perfect for each other; he's not an out of reach pipedream, we would be a step up and he's got experience of coaching in the Bundesliga.

Five years ago when we hired Martinez I was banging on about Tuchel when he was at Mainz, so I have a history of not getting what I want. Check him out and get the Hasenhuttl bandwagon rolling!

Christine Foster
49 Posted 23/05/2018 at 20:41:06
Everton, like several other clubs, let their manager go at the end of the season. At this point in time, I do believe that most, if not all, have replaced with a new face... all, that is, except Everton. Can it be that no-one other than Silva was in the frame? If that was so, then where is he?

Brands has come in and that's all well and good, and all I can hope is that he is as underwhelmed as I am with the alleged choice of Silva.

If Brands is as good as is made out, he will know who is available and who would be a great manager for our club... I hope he is bringing fresh blood to the table... the current fare is truly shocking in its absence.

Christy Ring
50 Posted 23/05/2018 at 20:51:50
Silva is still the big favourite but, whoever gets the job, we have to start sorting the squad pronto.

It was a total mess last summer, leaving everything until the last minute, Koeman on holidays and no striker, left-back or centre-back signed by the time the window closed. I know the World Cup is on, but we have to bring players in early.

Soren Moyer
51 Posted 23/05/2018 at 22:36:27
Not that I don't want Silva as our next manager but it could do a lot of good for the image of the club if we talk to other options such as Marcelino, Jardim and Sarri too.
Mike Gaynes
52 Posted 23/05/2018 at 23:55:44
Ancelotti signed up with Napoli.
Steve Ferns
53 Posted 24/05/2018 at 00:53:58
And Sarri is off to Chelsea, Mike.
Mike Gaynes
54 Posted 24/05/2018 at 02:09:16
He's going for it, Steve – but he hasn't got it yet. Chelsea fans aren't thrilled with Sarri and they will be heard from. Loudly.
Jerome Shields
55 Posted 24/05/2018 at 07:37:37
In answer to the replies to my post (10).

This is how Everton is perceived as per my list to some extent by anyone applying for the post of Manager.

When Moshiri gave Allardyce a two-year contract, he intended him to stay two years. A payout of millions at the end of the season was not on his agenda. The sole objective was to keep Everton in the Premier League.

It became apparent that the paying customers, the attending fans, while they would continue to support, there was a strong possibility they would withdraw their support next season and influence non-core support, damaging Brand Everton.

But there was still resistance to by Moshiri to change, hence Jim White and his yellow tie apparent support for Allardyce. Though Moshiri was whizzing about the World (according to Big Sam) when he finally got back to Everton he was met by a chorus of complaints from all sides regarding Big Sam. Moshiri thought he was surrounded, he had to act. Fortunately to Club kept in contact with Brands, who had been doing his own research, so he could initiate the sweeping changes immediately. He had no choice.

The same Board that employed Koeman and Allardyce approached Silva and decided he was their man, but where not able to get him, because of resistance from Watford. It is very hit and miss whether the Board could employ the right Manager, because the right Manager is not in place after three tries.

The process of employing a Manager has been going on before Brands was employed one would hope, but has it? The evidence is not there to say it had, we would have a Manager in place like Arsenal or West Ham if it had been by now. Silva is still awaiting an interview. Brands does not officially start till the 1st June, but he will be interviewing Silva on the 25th May, 5 days before he starts. The Board is rightly not confident they can employ the right Manager. Fortunately Brands is well prepared and is hitting the ground running, even starting early.

Pellegrini would have been a better choice than Allardyce last season, because he would have stabilised the Club, more convincing than, Allardyce????and would have set in place the coaching /tactical foundations that Allardyce would never had or could. My only misgiving would be the Brands/Pellegrini relationship.

Everton is a basket case from top to bottom at the moment, they are in a worse state than the end of last season. They are heading into a Summer where Everton needs to know what they are doing. For the first time in 20 years we have Brands in place who is saying Everton need a long-term plan defined by an immediate short-term strategy. We are not being fed "The People's Club" crap and Brands has already started.

Basket-case Everton, because they have a element in Board, backroom staff and squad who shouldn't be there. Allardyce has added to the problem by his work dismantling the Everton Culture. Koeman added to the basket-cases. The performance of Everton this season reflects this. These elements are in panic especially in the backroom and squad, because they know the changes coming are real this time. This will become apparent as the infighting emerges in the media soon, as they try to jockey for position to be best placed to protect their wages, under a new regime.

The task is enormous. While Brands is excellent and very necessary the prudent Manager choice would to bring in a experienced Manager to sort out Basket case Everton for the next two years, Hence my 'Missed Pellegrini again' comment. Silva a great coach, but is a risk, he did buckle at Watford. The Elements need to be sorted, they cannot be instrumental in the fate of the new Manager, as they have been in the fate of the previous three Managers. Hopefully, Brands has the steel he is going to need. If he has I will be the first to contribute to a Steel statue. He is less likely to get ripped off by mercenary types. (£22 million and counting. . . )

Why is the list of candidates so limited, because all the problems I listed are obvious to suitable professional managers and players, there are easier career choices elsewhere. It's part of their job to know about these things and the financial rewards are high if they get it right. There is a risk to this in joining Everton as some have found out.

And good luck to the former Russia Player of the year, you might get your statue yet,

Following Everton since the 1960s, you pick up a thing are two.

Paul Tran
56 Posted 24/05/2018 at 08:42:37
Two reasons why Silva is without a club.

First, he's in dispute with the Watford regime and I'm guessing clubs don't want to get involved in a protracted dispute mid-season.

Second, it's the Premier League rule. Ambitious clubs go for the bright young foreign manager, clubs in trouble go for the old, crusty, solid and stable Brit. Doesn't always work, but that's the pattern.

It's going to be interesting when Sparky, Pardew, Moyes and Big Sam retire, isn't it?

Jerome Shields
57 Posted 24/05/2018 at 09:38:14
Additional comment.

Silva has lost his Watford job in January and his agent hasn't been speaking to other clubs???

Seb Niemand
58 Posted 24/05/2018 at 19:46:17
I don't get the right vibe off Silva. He's like Martinez without the arsey FA Cup win. And Arteta? Why is there any sort of bandwagon for him, given he has exactly as much managerial experience as, say, oh, me. Absolutely mental to suggest him.

We should be talking to the likes of Tedesco and Nagelsmann and, just for the Bundeslegia-themed LOLs, the magnificently named Christian Titz. When it all goes wrong after six months with him, the headlines will write themselves.
Jay Harris
59 Posted 24/05/2018 at 20:58:28
LOL Seb,

Personally, contrary to Jerome's view, I think he was promised the job when Watford sacked him. Bill and Steve Walsh put a spoke in the wheel by appointing Sam and telling Watford we would not be employng Silva.

Moshiri gets pissed with Bill and Walsh because he only ever intended Sam to stay until the end of the season and now we are waiting for Brands to rubberstamp the process.

I would have preferred Emery or Tuchel and would have considered Nagellman or Hassenhutt less of a risk but, with Brands in place and Bill not interfering, we should be able to shake the players out of their slumber and get the additions we so obviously need.

Drew O'Neall
60 Posted 25/05/2018 at 12:28:00
Silva’s fucked, negotiations should be swift. I suggest a short contract with the option to extend 3+2.
Jerome Shields
61 Posted 25/05/2018 at 20:37:10
Jay (#59),

I hope that this is not the case, but I haven't the confidence in Moshiri to say you are wrong. But why put Brands in charge of the process? Maybe Moshiri is back-tracking? I still think Moshiri was going to stick with Big Sam into next season. I'm not convinced that Silva is the man; Arteta being seen around the Club is interesting.

I am so glad that Brands is involved. I think Moshiri was pissed off with Walsh. He was definitely going and Brands made it a condition that Big Sam go before he started. After talking to Brands, Moshiri decided to delegate the search for a new Manager; Silva is not a shoo-in as a result. They are hoping that Brands attracts other candidates.

Before his appointment, there was a lack of interest. The Mercenary types will not apply, they are afraid of being lynched by the Evertonian Mob, and so they should be.

Brian Williams
62 Posted 25/05/2018 at 23:28:40
Hell of a lot of assumptions and wild guesses there, Jerome.
Dan Davies
63 Posted 26/05/2018 at 00:28:01
I've been thinking... give Eddie Howe a shot, why not? Can't be any worse than the last three surely?
Mike Gaynes
64 Posted 26/05/2018 at 00:57:48
Dan, "can't be any worse" isn't quite the standard for our manager search.

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