Marco Silva says a banner set to be unveiled at Goodison Park in support of Moise Kean reflects the intensity of Evertonians’ backing and passion for their team.
Italy international Kean was subject to racist abuse playing for former club Juventus in a Serie A clash with Cagliari last season.
Soon after the 19-year-old’s summer transfer to Goodison Park, fan group County Road Bobblers spearheaded a campaign to generate funds for the banner showing solidarity with Kean.
An initial £1,000 target was quickly surpassed and additional money raised will be shared between the Club’s award-winning Everton in the Community charity and Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.
The banner, which features a large image of striker Kean and the words No Al Razzismo (No to Racism), will be unfurled ahead of Everton’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday.
“It will be really important but our players know how they [Everton supporters] are, always,” Silva told evertontv.
“They are always behind the players. They love them and they love the Club.
“What they will do tomorrow will be a fantastic thing but, to be honest, for me it’s not a surprise and for our players it’s not a surprise.
“They are always there.
“They share the good feelings with us, they share the bad feelings as well.
“But because of that we are a big club. We have a big fanbase because we are in a club like Everton.
“It is not a surprise what they will do.”