Former Everton striker Andy Gray has urged his old club to stick by Marco Silva, drawing on his own experiences under Howard Kendall.
In the Daily Mirror, Gray said that the Toffees need to get away from the hiring and firing of different managers and need to show loyalty to Silva.
He said: “When I arrived at Everton, Howard was under huge pressure. There were petitions saying ‘Kendall must go’. Philip Carter, in fairness to him, stuck by him. I hope Silva can also turn it round. I don’t want Everton to become a club that sacks managers every 18 months.
“At some time, someone has to be given time. Since Martinez left, there has been a collection of managers who have come and gone, so somebody has to be given a chance. If they feel Silva is the man, then they’ve got to stick with him.”
TBR’s View – Patience should present rewards for Everton
Being 15th at this stage of the season is a shocking return for Everton, but the nature of the Premier League this season means that the table can be scaled rapidly with some consistency.
For Everton, that looks like away wins and they got one against Southampton last time out. It’s been said many times under Silva, but they must use that as a springboard to improve on the road.
But they spent time trying to get him to the club and have backed him in the transfer market so Everton need to have faith that they selected the right man.