Everton insiders ‘bemused’ by Farhad Moshiri’s Marco Silva obsession

Everton insiders were bemused behind the scenes over the club’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s obsession with hiring Marco Silva in the first place.

The Portuguese manager was relieved of his services 18 months after being hired to take the reins from Sam Allardyce.

It draws a close to a turbulent period at Goodison Park – though there is yet to be any inclination that they are out of the woods yet.

Silva was sacked after a shocking run of form that has left the Toffees in the relegation zone despite a two heavy summers of spending, with Duncan Ferguson taking over temporarily.

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A 5-2 thrashing at the hands of their most bitter rivals Liverpool turned out to be the final straw for the 42-year-old.

In the end, Silva had ran out of allies in the Everton boardroom despite club chief Moshiri’s input.

The Iranian businessman made the former Hull manager his top target to replace Ronald Koeman while he was at Watford.

The Hornets blocked a move but Silva ended up making the move that summer, as Allardyce arrived on Merseyside for an expensive six-month period.

But according to BBC Sport, insiders at Everton were bemused by Moshiri’s perceived obsession with the Lisbon-born tactician.

Silva had won plaudits initially in England for his stint at Hull, where he won eight out of 22 games but failed to keep them in the Premier League.

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A move to Watford followed, where his attractive football caught the eye of neutrals before being made Everton’s top managerial target.

BBC Sport go on to report that the 64-year-old believed Silva to be the ‘next Jose Mourinho’, a vision which has turned out to be a falsehood.

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Everton released a statement following the sacking, which read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club.

“Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright and the board of directors would like to thank Marco for his service over the last 18 months and we wish him well for the future.

“The club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible.”

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