Marco Silva a dead man walking at Everton
After another poor performance against Burnley at the weekend, Everton’s Marco Silva is walking on very thin ice at Goodison Park.
The Portuguese boss was supposed to spearhead a transformation of the Toffees, working with Marcel Brands to make Everton contenders for the top four.
Their first season together was solid, signing a lot of impressive talent.
Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Andre Gomes and more came in, before the Toffees finished 8th.
However, despite what looked another positive summer of transfers for Everton fans, the Toffees have actually gone downhill since then.
The Blues are currently sat 18th in the Premier League, after four consecutive defeats to Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Burnley.
Now, with the pressure well and truly on Marco Silva to turn this around, we’ve picked four managers who could be options for Everton, if they did decide to change it up again.
Jose Mourinho – the ambitious choice
He may not have won many fans during his time at Manchester United, but Jose Mourinho is a born winner.
The Portuguese boss has won trophies everywhere he’s gone, while Everton haven’t won silverware since 1995.
His somewhat defensive style of football may not be too welcome at Goodison, with fans preferring direct and fast-paced attacking football.
However, that could be overlooked if Mourinho was able to get the results to win trophies for Everton.
Questions still remain over how he’d work with director of football Marcel Brands, though he has worked with several in the past.
Despite all of this, there’s no denying that Mourinho is somewhat out of Everton’s league.
Even after being sacked by Manchester United, you wouldn’t be shocked to see him considered for the Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or even Bayern Munich jobs, if they became available.
But, there’s no harm in trying.
Mikel Arteta – the risk
The case of Mikel Arteta is a curious one.
Despite having absolutely zero managerial experience, Arteta was heavily tipped for the Arsenal job before Unai Emery took over.
He’s also been earmarked for the Manchester City job in the future.
The reason? He’s Pep Guardiola’s number two.
Right now, Guardiola is arguably in the top two best managers in football, alongside Jurgen Klopp.
Having someone to work under like that could work wonders for anyone’s managerial career, and many think that this will be the case for Arteta.
Employing a similar style of football to Guardiola, Arteta would be expected to oversee possession-based football, something Everton fans would no doubt enjoy.
The Spaniard also has a great understanding with the fans and what they want, having played 209 games for the Toffees.
The big concern, though, is his lack of experience.
The only Manchester City game that Arteta managed was against Lyon, and City disappointingly lost 2-1 at the Etihad.
Despite that, if Arteta does go as far in football as some think, Everton jumping on the opportunity first could see them hugely benefit from his development.
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Erik ten Hag – the exciting one
Erik ten Hag was thrown into the limelight last season, when he guided Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals.
Ajax played some sensational football during their run, and placed a big emphasis on letting talented young players do their thing, something which would be essential at Everton.
Ajax won the Eredivisie title and also the Dutch Cup, as well as making their UCL run last season, proving that ten Hag has the knowledge and ability to win trophies.
Erik ten Hag also plays a style of football which would excite Everton fans.
Ajax play a traditional style of Dutch ‘total football’, with attacking based possession football, and wingers who play pivotal roles.
With players such as Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Moise Kean a similar setup to Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic and David Neres, Erik ten Hag could, in theory, replicate his success.
The elephant in the room regarding Erik ten Hag and Everton would be his availability.
With Ajax playing in the Champions League again this season, and in the middle of an Eredivisie title race, there’s frankly no reason why he’d take over at Everton mid-season.
Even if they were to approach him in the summer, Everton would be a tough sell for someone with a brilliant project already in front of him.
But, if they could convince him, Erik ten Hag would fall somewhere in between Arteta and Mourinho.
While he’s still young and has worked under Pep Guardiola, he’s not just potential, and is a very exciting manager in football right now, having already proven that he can impress in cup competitions.
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Rafa Benitez – the wildcard
Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is an interesting option for Everton.
The Spaniard has a track record of winning, and has managed at several top-level clubs.
His last spell in the Premier League came with Newcastle, where he impressed despite a shoe-string budget.
However, he left the club over the summer to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.
While, in theory, he’d not be available just yet, Richard Keys recently suggested that Benitez would ‘walk back from China’ if he was offered the Everton job.
This should be taken with a big pinch of salt, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Benitez’s style of football wouldn’t go down too badly with Everton, either, with something of a balance between attack and defence.
While he may not be a front runner for the job just yet, he’s an interesting option for Everton.
— Rafa Benitez Web (@rafabenitezweb) September 7, 2019