Everton have confirmed the sacking of boss Marco Silva following Wednesday’s 5-2 Merseyside Derby defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Silva was already under huge pressure ahead of the defeat to the Reds and the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side was their ninth of the season and left them in the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Silva won 24 and lost 24 of his games in charge of the Toffees, having been appointed at Goodison Park in May 2018.
The club said in a statement on Twitter: “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 wish him well for the future.
“Duncan Ferguson has taken temporary charge of the first team and will manage the side for the game against Chelsea on Saturday.
“The club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible.”
— Everton (@Everton) December 5, 2019
Whoever replaces Silva at the helm does not have an easy start, with a tough run still ahead for the Blues despite their recent run.
Following Saturday’s clash with Everton, the club face Manchester United away from home and then Leicester in the EFL Cup, before facing Arsenal, Burnley at Goodison Park and Newcastle away from home.
What’s more, 2020 starts for Everton with a match against Manchester City on New Years’ Day ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool.