Everton manager Marco Silva lives fight another day after Everton progressed to the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup.
Everton beat Watford 2 – 0 at Goodison Park on Tuesday night to give under-fire Marco Silva a much needed boost.
When Marco Silva took the job in 2018, he did so with the swagger of a man who believed he was about to step up. His, and Everton’s aim was to take the next step in the club’s development.
Along with Leicester and West Ham, Everton are in a position to challenge the faltering traditional Premier League powers to finish in the top 6, or even the top 4. They certainly have the players and the resources to do so. In Silva, Everton believed they also had the manager to do so.
However, his side have so far struggled to find fluency, and the unsettled Everton team has started the season poorly.
They currently sit at 16th in the Premier League table with 10 points. They are only 3 points off Manchester United in 7th, but only 2 points above the relegation zone.
That situation will have to move quickly, as the sense of pressure is palpable around Everton. Silva is now being evaluated game by game as scrutiny on him increases.
The former Olympiacos, Hull City and Watford manager is the second-favourite Premier League manager to lose his job, at 3/1. Only Ralph Hassenhuttl is ahead of him at 6/4, and probably only because his Southampton side just lost 9 – 0 at home.
The betting outlook for the Everton team doesn’t look much better, either.
They are the 5th favourites to win the Carabao Cup at 10/1. They are the 9/1 eighth favourites to finish in the top 6. Their odds to finish in the top four are even longer, at 50/1.
Silva certainly has the players to turn the situation around. However, the Everton squad is imbalanced and has been for years. He is not the first man to fail to find a winning formula. The question for Everton is, is there currently a better man available? If there is, expect Silva to be leaving Goodison Park.