Michael Ball wants to see Everton change their manager now – rather than wait.
On Twitter, Ball said that the fans need hope, even though a tough run of fixtures lie in wait. The ex-Everton defender wants to see a new manager try to lift the spirits over the new few games.
Everton travel to second-place Leicester City at the weekend and Silva is expected to take charge (BBC Sport). This is followed by the Merseyside derby at unbeaten Liverpool before games against Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester (in the cup) and Arsenal before Christmas.
Ball suggests that Everton are hesitant to give a new manager that run of fixtures to start with. This is why they might keep the faith with Silva for now, even though the Toffees are hovering in 16th place.
Ball on Silva
Over the course of two tweets, Ball shared his opinion on the Silva situation. Firstly, he said: “Silva knows he’s going, Players do the fans do. Many are suggesting keep him for the next few games! Yes it’s difficult to bring someone in with that nightmare run of games but the fans need HOPE. Players need a fresh start & ideas to give us a slight chance to pick up points.”
Then, Ball added: “The only reason for the delay I feel is maybe Silva didn’t get the players HE wanted in the summer & the board blame themselves. The truth is he isn’t as a manager getting the best out of this squad of players and a change is very much needed.”
It looks like Silva’s days are numbered at Everton; he is almost past the point of no return. It would be wise to immediately start thinking of a long-term strategy.
The alternatives are not exactly inspiring but, as Ball said, Everton fans need something to give them some hope. A change in management could spark the players into life.