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Everton set to sack Silva as Moyes prepares for return

6 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Everton are poised to sack Marco Silva following their Merseyside derby humiliation, with David Moyes primed for a surprise return to Goodison Park, reports Goal.

Silva’s time as Blues boss looks to be up following Wednesday night’s 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Premier League leaders Liverpool. With Southampton beating Norwich, Everton slipped into the bottom three as a result.

They have now lost nine of their last 13 league games and picked up just 14 points from 15 matches so far this season.

Silva again refused to comment on speculation surrounding his future, stating only that he “understood the questions” and that he would continue to be “100 per cent professional”.

But the Portuguese cut a forlorn figure as his team capitulated at Anfield, his five-man defence crumbling to such an extent that he was forced into a complete change of shape before half-time. Liverpool scored four times in the first half.

Marcel Brands, the director of football, was there to witness it, as was chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale and chief finance and commercial officer Sasha Ryazantsev. There was no sign at Anfield of Farhad Moshiri, the majority shareholder, or chairman Bill Kenwright, both of whom will have a big say in Silva’s future.