Tony Cascarino has told The Times that Everton manager Marco Silva needs to take a leaf out of Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho’s book, and become braver with his substitutions as the pressure mounts on the Toffees gaffer.
Silva is being linked with the sack at Everton after a dismal 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park to newly-promoted, injury-ravaged Norwich City. The likes of David Moyes, Mikel Arteta and Flamengo manager Jorge Jesus have been linked with the role.
On Saturday, Silva chose to replace Seamus Coleman with Djibril Sidibe – a straight swap at full-back – on 66 minutes. With the scoreline reading 1-0 to Norwich after Todd Cantwell’s opener. He left Moise Kean on the bench.
That infuriated Cascarino, who slammed the former Watford and Hull manager in his column. He urged Silva to look at Mourinho – who took Eric Dier off after 28 minutes against Olympiacos – and copy the Spurs boss when making changes.
“Tottenham’s sensational fightback against Olympiacos hinged on a moment of tactical brilliance from Mourinho,” Cascarino said. “It was vintage Mourinho. I cannot think of another manager who is better at making a dramatic change to shift a game.
“With 66 minutes gone against Norwich City, Everton were trailing and Marco Silva made a like-for-like change at right back, swapping Djibril Sidibé for Séamus Coleman. Moise Kean, a centre forward, remained on the bench.
“Managers have to be selfish in their thinking. Big calls have to be made.”
TBR’s view – Does Silva deserve more time as Everton manager?
No. Silva was arguably lucky to get the job after failing to keep Hull in the Premier League and being somewhat average at Watford after spending plenty of money. At Everton, he has again spent plenty, but to no avail.
Silva is boasting a worse record than Ronald Koeman before the Dutchman was sacked at Goodison Park. Everton sit way down in 16th place, and have a hugely tough run of fixtures on the horizon.
He needs to go, or Everton face being embarrassed over the next few weeks.