Silva On His Football Passion, Commitment And Leadership

by Paul McNamara
@Everton

Marco Silva’s inbuilt work ethic dictates that his car is first to arrive at USM Finch Farm and last to leave Everton’s training headquarters every day.

“It is our way, it is not something we do just for other people to see,” says Silva.

“When we are here, we are working – nothing else… it is a pleasure, because it is not just a job, it is more than a job, it is our passion, for me and my staff.”

In an exclusive and insightful interview with evertontv, manager Silva details his hands-on coaching methods and explains the factors key to an impactful half-time team talk.

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Silva has managed in three countries and led Olympiakos to a runaway Greek title success in 2015-16.

He masterminded Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese Cup success 12 months earlier, ending the capital club’s seven-year trophy drought.

The 41-year-old, who has also bossed Hull City and Watford, tells evertontv how he has grown as a coach and manager since starting out by overhauling the fortunes of Estoril in his homeland.

“Evolution has to be part of your way – and you have to do things in the way you think is best for the team,” said Silva.

“It is something I am always trying to improve – my management with my players.

“When you talk about leadership, it is something that comes naturally.

“But it is something you can improve.”

Silva’s dressing-room talk was credited by a succession of Everton players for inspiring the stirring second-half performance which overcame top-four chasing Chelsea at Goodison Park 10 days ago.

“I am an optimist… I showed them what we had to do differently – being optimistic with them and passing them the confidence we needed to win the match,” said Silva.

"I know we have all the conditions to keep improving and getting better as a team."

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