Marco Silva says he cannot wait to feel the backing of a rocking Goodison Park, having experienced how the Evertonians “pushed their team to win” when in the opposition dugout.
Silva has been in charge for two matches at the Grand Old Lady, while in charge at Hull City and Watford respectively. And the vocal support the Blues received in each game made a lasting impression on the Portuguese.
He revealed that the Club’s passionate fanbase was one of several of factors which convinced him that Everton was the perfect club for him.
“My teams performed well in those matches at Goodison but the atmosphere pushed Everton to win,” said Silva.
“It was something [the atmosphere] that I felt was strong. Even last season, when the team were not in a good moment, they really pushed the team and helped them to win.
“Now, we look to make our fans proud of our squad, be proud when they see our team playing and to build a strong connection between us and them
“For me, Everton has everything. It is a big club in England with a big fanbase, big ambition, big history and they want stability, which I want, too.
“And what I start to feel now [since I arrived at Everton] is different - but even better - is that it is a family club. The approach is fantastic and it is something I have started to enjoy, too. Now, it is the moment to start work.”
Despite being just 40 years old, Silva arrives at Everton having already achieved significant success.
In his first season in management, he led Estoril to the Portuguese second division title in 2011/12. Upon promotion to the Primeira Liga, he secured impressive consecutive fifth and fourth-place finishes for the small Greater Lisbon side – leading them into Europe for the first time in their history.
His impressive achievements caught the eye of Sporting Lisbon, whom he moved to in 2015, and subsequently ended the club’s seven-year trophy drought with a Portuguese Cup triumph.
Olympiakos was next for Silva and the success continued in emphatic fashion. To say he got off to a flier would be something of an understatement, as he won his first 17 league matches in charge of the Athens giants – a European record. They went on to win the league title by 30 points, leaving second-placed city rivals Panathinaikos trailing in their wake.
Hull City came calling in January 2017 and Silva revitalised the ailing Tigers, who were languishing at the foot of the Premier League table when he arrived.
He brought them to within touching distance of safety – winning admirers for his progressive, fast-paced football – before moving to Watford, where his expansive style again impressed.
Silva is now ready for his next challenge, at Everton.
He has vowed to work tirelessly on the training pitch with his squad and says the Blues will go into every game believing they can compete and win.
“We must show ambition, to be at a club like Everton you have to show that,” he emphasised. “Every day we must be demanding in our work, to show that [ambition] to our fans every match.
“In the Premier League, we will compete against every club and we must be competitive against all of them
“We need to take it step by step – prepare the squad well, take the right decisions and be competitive and strong in every single game.”