Silva Wants "Strong And Demanding" Everton Environment

by Paul McNamara

Marco Silva says he will “demand a lot" from his players as he introduces his high-intensity brand of football to Everton.

Portuguese Silva was appointed as the Club’s new manager on Thursday and immediately outlined his commitment and dedication to the job.

The 40-year-old expects similar industry and application from his staff and players "in every single moment”, with Silva determined to mould a winning Everton team which can meet the ambitions of the Club and its supporters.

Silva launched his managerial career by leading Estoril out of Portugal’s second division as champions in his first season at the helm in 2011/12.

He subsequently guided the small Greater Lisbon team to fifth and fourth-place Primeira Liga finishes – achieving European qualification for the first time in the club's history – despite Estoril being widely tipped for a swift return to the second tier.

Silva left Estoril for Sporting Lisbon, where he won the 2015 Portuguese Cup to deliver silverware to Sporting for the first time in seven years, before masterminding Olympiakos’ runaway Greek title-winning campaign in 2015/16.

He moved to the Premier League with Hull City and quickly improved the results of a struggling team by implementing a fast and fluid style of football, and similarly transformed Watford with his expansive, hard-working methods, after taking charge of the Hornets in summer 2017.

“For me, there is a fantastic word to describe everything – demand,” Silva told evertontv.

"I think every day, every single moment, from when we start in pre-season, every single moment from when we start working, we need to be demanding. 

“Firstly, I am demanding from myself and my staff, and I will demand a lot from our players. Even everybody who works to support our squad, we need to be strong and demanding all the time. Because football matches today are really hard to win and all the details will make the difference. We need to be aware of what to expect.”

Silva’s teams have been renowned for their consistently fearless and positive outlook throughout his coaching career.

His Olympiakos side won 28 of 30 league matches, scoring 81 goals and conceding a miserly 16, to win the championship by 30 points from closest challengers Panathinaikos.

Silva’s Sporting recovered a two-goal deficit to overcome Braga in the Portuguese Cup final, while the high-point of Estoril’s marvellous second Primeira Liga season came when Silva engineered a 1-0 win at Porto – the first time in six years and 81 league matches the two-times European Cup winners had been toppled in their hostile Estadio do Dragao.

The manager claimed 21 points from 18 matches in charge of previously ailing Hull and oversaw a terrific sequence of results at Watford, losing only to eventual champions Manchester City in his first eight Premier League games as boss.

“It is important to talk about desire,” said Silva. “And, for me, when you talk about desire, you can talk about ambition, commitment and attitude – all these things that you can expect are important in our team.

“After, you can talk about style. My style is to play to win matches, of course. And, for me, it is clear that if we play better than our opponent, if we have better football than our opponent, then we are closer to winning the match.

“Of course, that is not 100 per cent because in football some things are not easy to explain but I believe that if you play better than your opponent, you are closer to winning the match.”

Silva has signed a deal to keep him at Goodison Park until at least June 2021 and will be joined by assistant manager João Pedro, goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira, technical scout Antonis Lemonakis and fitness coach Pedro Conceição.

“I can say that I am really excited to start and looking forward to that,” added Silva. “Of course, I know the responsibility of being Everton manager. I know what is behind me, I know the big-club history and what the fans expect, as well.

“That is really important for me and important to feel that confidence in my work.”

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