(Premier League) Everton owner dumps Marco SilvaSports | 6 Dec 2019 11:35 am
Marco Silva was already on the brink of becoming the fourth Premier League manager to be fired inside the past three weeks.
Everton's dismal defeat in their biggest game of this and any season simply made it inevitable.
Silva was fired by Everton yesterday after 18 months in charge, a day after his team lost 5-2 at Merseyside rival Liverpool to slip into the relegation zone in the Premier League.
Silva's departure was announced in a short statement by Everton, who also said that Duncan Ferguson, the club's former striker, will take temporary charge for the league game against Chelsea on Saturday.
"The club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible,'' Everton said, with former manager David Moyes among those linked with the vacancy.
The thrashing by Liverpool was Everton's ninth loss in 15 games in the league, leaving the team in third-to-last place despite its benign run of fixtures to start the season. Everton conceded four goals in the first half and could easily have lost by a heavier margin despite Liverpool fielding a weakened lineup.
Everton's majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, made the decision to remove Silva ahead of a tough run of games against Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City, which could plunge the team even further into trouble.
Moshiri has yet to have a return on his heavy spending since becoming majority shareholder at Everton in February 2016. Three managers have been released in his time at the club _ Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and now Silva.-AP