Everton are on a five game winless run that reached its nadir with the 6-2 thrashing at home to Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
The Toffees took the lead but even before that, their open midfield were allowing Spurs to break through at will and cause havoc.
It was only a matter of time before the visitors broke through and although Everton were 3-1 down at half time, Marco Silva did not manage to rectify any of their first half failings in the second period, which saw Tottenham carry on where they left off.
Mauricio Pochettino beat Silva 7-1 on his own patch when the Portuguese was in charge of Hull and yesterday’s schooling makes it clear that the Toffees boss still has a fair bit to learn at the top level.
Silva’s 4-2-3-1 crumpled without Idrissa Gueye in the middle of the park as a combative holding midfielder and a side with ambitions as lofty as Silva’s are for Everton should not be conceding six on their own ground.
Silva brought about a short, sharp change at both his previous English clubs, Hull and Watford, but is yet to show that he can create a lasting impact in English football.
He was sacked in January by Watford after an alarming slump and Everton are currently in the midst of a similarly poor run; 11th place at Christmas for a side who should be seventh is not good enough.
Silva won’t get sacked that prematurely by Everton because he is their big managerial hope, but he must do something he has not yet done in England – or the Goodison natives may begin to worry.