English Premier League club Everton sacked their manager Marco Silva following a 5-2 defeat against local rivals Liverpool.
Everton had a poor start to the 2019/20 season. Nearing the new year period, they find themselves in a relegation spot failing to win 11 of the 15 games played so far.
The club announced the sacking of Silva on Thursday- a day after their defeat in the hands of Liverpool.
In a statement released in Twitter, Everton said: “Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club.”
The club said Duncan Ferguson would take charge for Saturday’s match against Chelsea, and a new permanent manager will be announced as soon as possible.
Everton great Kevin Ratcliffe, the club’s last league title winning captain, has questioned why the club did not follow the sacking of manager Silva by immediately appointing a permanent successor.
“I’m quite surprised, with the way results have been going, that they haven’t had somebody to come in straight away,” Ratcliffe told Sky Sports News.
“A bit like Tottenham when (Mauricio) Pochettino left and (Jose) Mourinho came in for him.
“They’ve had time to assess it and maybe approach somebody and that hasn’t been done obviously because they haven’t made a decision, or if they have got somebody that they have got in mind there’s a stumbling block along the way somewhere.”
Marco Silva was appointed in May before the start of the 2018/19 season. He was well backed in the transfer market with over £100 million spent on the likes Richarlison, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Yeray Mina, Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi.
He managed Everton for 60 games – winning 24 and losing 24. He managed just four wins in the 2019/20 Premier League that led to his sacking.