2018 - 2019
Marco Silva was appointed Everton manager in the summer of 2018.
The Portuguese established his reputation as of one of Europe’s most talented young bosses in trophy-winning spells in charge of Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos, after overseeing the remarkable rise of GD Estoril in his homeland.
Silva’s stock grew further during his first campaign at Goodison Park, the new man implementing an expressive and fearless brand of football which yielded a series of notable results.
Silva’s stated aim for his debut campaign was to improve every facet of Everton’s season-on-season performance.
And the Blues ticked off every box on their manager’s checklist, recording a higher points total than in 2017-18, as well as scoring more goals and conceding fewer – and achieving a significant upturn in form away from Goodison.
Moreover, Silva’s bid to establish a deep connection between players and supporters proved an unequivocal success.
That process gathered legs during a stirring final few months of the season. Everton won their closing four home matches – which featured encounters with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United – without conceding a goal.
United in particular were put to the sword, Everton swatting aside the 20-times English champions 4-0 with a performance which combined all the ambition, aggression and resolve Silva demands from his teams.
Silva was quick to introduce his enterprising methods at Hull City following his move to the Premier League in 2017.
And the 41-year-old oversaw a similar transformation in playing philosophy at Watford after taking over at Vicarage Road later that year.
Silva was handed the reins at Estoril shortly after his playing retirement in 2011 and promptly masterminded the team’s promotion into the Primeira Liga as second-tier champions.
Estoril then confounded all expectations by finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe for the first time in the club’s history, while remaining faithful to their progressive and bold style.
In Silva’s third season at the helm, Estoril secured a top-four spot, winning 15 games and losing only six in a fabulous 30-match campaign.
Silva’s reign of relentless achievement with the tiny Greater Lisbon club prompted giant neighbours Sporting Lisbon to move for the manager and charge him with securing the club’s first silverware in seven years.
The bright Lisbon-born boss achieved his goal, ending Sporting’s trophy drought by winning the Portuguese Cup in a season when his swashbuckling side won 22 and lost only two of 34 league matches, scoring 67 goals and finishing with a +38 goal difference.
Silva moved to Greece with Olympiakos in summer 2015 and swiftly instilled his attacking model to lead the Athens club to a European record 17 straight wins from the opening day of the campaign.
Operating under a huge weight of expectation, with his club having been domestic champions for the previous five seasons, Silva advanced every aspect of Olympiakos’ performance.
They won 28 and drew one of 30 league matches to claim the title by 30 points from fierce city rivals Panathinaikos and scored 81 goals at a rate of 2.7 per game.
Silva also steered his team to a significant Champions League victory at Arsenal, ending Olympiakos’ run of losing 12 successive matches in England.
The manager’s first assignment in this country saw him claim 21 points from 18 matches in charge of Hull City, reversing the fortunes of a struggling team that had only 13 points from 20 games when he was appointed.
Silva had an immediate impact at Watford, his fast and attacking team winning four and drawing three of its opening eight Premier League matches – and becoming established in the top half of the table throughout his tenure.
Silva left Everton in December 2019 following a run of two wins in 11 Premier League games.