Marco Silva named new Everton manager

 

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Marco Silva has been appointed the new manager of Everton, the Premier League club have announced.

The Portuguese former Hull and Watford boss succeeds Sam Allardyce, who left Goodison Park earlier this month after an unpopular five-and-a-half-month spell.

Everton tried to secure Silva's services following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last October but Watford rebuffed their advances only to axe the 40-year-old two months later, citing the Toffees' approach as the reason for a slump in form. 

Silva rose to prominence with Estoril in his homeland before one-season spells with Sporting and then Olympiacos in Greece.

He moved to England in January 2017 with Hull and, although he was unable to prevent their relegation from the Premier League, his impact and style of play earned him another chance in the top flight at Vicarage Road.

Silva's commitment to attacking football is likely to have played a big part in Everton's interest after fans' criticism of the football under Allardyce.

Silva told evertontv: "I'm really proud to be the new Everton manager. I'm excited and I'm really happy to take this big challenge for us as a club and for me as a manager.

"I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. I'm sure with everybody working together I will be ready for this challenge." 


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