Everton have confirmed that Marco Silva has been appointed as the club’s new manager.
The former Watford and Hull City manager has put pen to paper on a deal to succeed Sam Allardyce, who was sacked at the end of last season.
— Everton (@Everton) May 31, 2018
Silva was the first choice to succeed Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman was sacked midway through last season, but Everton could not agree a suitable compensation package with Watford. However, with Silva having since left the club (for which Watford still blame Everton’s interest), the stars have aligned and Silva is now free to take the reins at Goodison Park.
The 40-year-old will work closely with new director of football Marcel Brands, who is also a new appointment with the Toffees recently parting ways with previous incumbent Steve Walsh in what has been a complete overhaul in the club’s coaching and managerial staff.
It remains to be seen how much money Silva will be given to spend in the summer, particularly given the disastrous nature of last summer’s spending spree. However, the new boss is likely to be given sufficient funds to get the playing squad closer to the top six.
It is also unclear how the new appointment will affect Wayne Rooney’s future, with the former England captain said to be close to a move to MLS side DC United.