Phil Jagielka has revealed Marco Silva “has already got his ideas across quickly” to Everton’s players and that the new boss’s positive work on the training pitch has “everyone feeling excited” about the upcoming season.
The Blues skipper – who along with the rest of the first-team squad is currently on a week-long pre-season training camp in Austria – says Silva has taken little time in implementing his ideas.
The Portuguese has vowed to produce a team that “goes into every game with the intention to win and plays with commitment, attitude and ambition”.
Silva took his first training session as Blues boss at USM Finch Farm last Tuesday and Jagielka believes he has already made a positive impression, highlighting the manager and his backroom team’s focus on ball work as well as conditioning.
“The training has been very good,” Jagielka told evertonfc.com. “All the members of staff have been really good, too, and have communicated their ideas very well.
“The manager has spoken to people about how he wants do things and everyone is feeling excited.
“He’s had the footballs out and has been getting his ideas across as quickly as possible. The players have been working hard and we’ve been taken on board some established ideas and some more unique ones, too.
“We’ve done proper possession work, five-a-sides, attack v defence and we’ve worked on shape.
“The boss has been giving attackers ideas of what they want - whether it be offensive or defensive - and then working with us defenders on shape, where he wants people to be - how high up the pitch and when to drop off. He’s putting his ideas across early on.”
As training has been intense in Austria as the manager implements his methods, Jagielka feels the camp also provides a vital opportunity for the squad to bond ahead of the new campaign.
The 35-year-old defender – who has racked up 378 appearances for the Blues since signing 11 years ago from Sheffield United – is confident the combination of an exciting new managerial team, and the quality and togetherness of the squad can help lay the platform for the 2018/19 season.
“It’s a great setting, there are great facilities around here. It helps out massively,” he said.
“It’s good to get the lads back together again and ready for a long and, hopefully, successful season.
“The squad is looking strong, there’s quite a few young lads as well who are pushing for places in the squad so it’s nice healthy competition.
“It’s good to get the lads together because they’re all working really hard on the pitch. Everybody’s trying to impress.
“Obviously we all eat together and stay together during the camp. It’s nice to get back to the hotel and have a bit of relaxation as well and be with friends.
“But, of course, everybody’s concentrating on putting their best foot forward regards to getting themselves in the squad and then trying to get in the team for the first game of the season.”