Exclusive Interview With Silva Headlines West Ham Programme

The "tactically intense" Marco Silva talks about his successful transition from playing to management and reveals why he is immersed in every aspect of Everton.

Maarten Stekelenburg explains why he used to rise at 5am every day in Holland as he embarked on a journey from schoolboy striker to World Cup finalist goalkeeper.

And former Everton player Abel Xavier outlines his reasons for crossing Stanley Park after spending one of the happiest periods of his career with the Blues.

Everton's revamped matchday programme for Sunday's visit of West Ham United features in-depth feature interviews with manager Silva, Stekelenburg and ex-Portugal international defender Xavier.

Phil Jagielka uses his captain's notes to single out one of Everton's international players for praise – and it is probably not who you would expect –  and assess the brilliant starts to the season made by the Club's Under-23 and Under-18 teams.

Silva – who is the focal point of a powerful cover image shot in the shadow of Goodison Park – writes in his own exclusive column of the "motivation and inspiration" his players can source from a vibrant home support in Sunday's meeting with the Hammers.


Everton's Director of Marketing, Communications & Community, and Chief Executive of Everton in the Community, Richard Kenyon pens an exclusive column which every Evertonian will want to read.

And former West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton provides us with a detailed insight on the challenge Manuel Pellgerini's team will present for the Toffees.

Manager Silva's wide-ranging interview includes the Portuguese relating why he is "never satisfied" and wants to be "part of the Everton story".

Xavier, who joined the Blues in 1999 and won at Anfield on his first away start for the Club, is now manager of Mozambique's national team.

“The Mozambique project has been in my locker for 10 years but you need to understand the moment when you can do what you believe must be done," he says.

“Football will unite the country... you can do so much for the well-being of people."

Stekelenburg signed a new Everton contract in the summer and the Dutchman conveys the dedication and mental strength he has required to operate at the height of his profession for 16 years and counting.

Striker Fraser Hornby's goal-filled international exploits with Scotland are covered in a comprehensive Under-23 round-up, with David Unsworth's team preparing to visit Derby County on Monday night when they will bid to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Head of Academy Coaching Sean Lundon analyses both the opportunities and complications attached to the Club's young players heading off to represent their countries.

The Everton matchday programme, priced at £3.50, will be on sale around Goodison Park and at various city centre outlets. It will also be available from Everton One and Everton Two megastores from 1pm on Friday. Click here to order online.

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