Everton have taken some punches to the solar plexus already this season but this one hit particularly hard and it will leave Marco Silva, if he is indeed to survive until the Merseyside derby, with a huge task in trying to lift his charges off the canvas in time for Anfield on Wednesday.
If this result felt as inevitable as it was deeply painful and harsh, that’s because the Blues looked at one stage to be heading for an unlikely but probably deserved victory with an hour gone.
Leicester City 2 – 1 Everton
Richarlison’s well-taken goal was the difference for 40 minutes of the contest but Everton couldn’t hold out for so much as a point
Everton fell to their eighth defeat of the season but it came in cruel circumstances in stoppage time at the King Power Stadium when Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal was eventually ruled as legiti
Jordan Pickford has stated his faith in Marco Silva backed Everton to get out of their current “sticky patch”.
The England international spoke to the media before today’s clash with high-flying Leicester at the King Power Stadium and expressed how little he wants to see another Blues boss sacked.
Morgan Schneiderlin looks likely to join Fabian Delph on the sidelines after he picked up a knock
Everton will be down to the bare bones in midfield when they travel to the King Power Stadium this Sunday after Morgan Schneiderlin sustained an injury that looks likely to rule him out of the match.
Marco Silva has addressed the fevered speculation about this future following Everton’s seventh defeat in 13 Premier League games last weekend by insisting that has not been given an ultimatum by the Board and he is focusing only on matters he can control.
Farhad Moshiri and the Board may have resisted any knee-jerk impulse to fire Marco Silva and appoint an unpopular interim coach like two years ago but it still leaves the Portuguese hanging by a thread for at least the next two games. Barring a miraculous run of results, the hierarchy will surely act but they must use any time in the interim to find the right successor.
Marco Silva will still be Everton manager when the team travels to the King Power Stadium on Sunday according to media reports.
The Portuguese is under immense pressure following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Norwich which sparked vociferous calls for him to be sacked as the Blues drift towards a battle against relegation.
Last Friday, the Everton FC Heritage Society organised and hosted the ‘Catterick 100’ event to celebrate the life and achievements of Harry Catterick – who would have turned 100 on 26th November. He is remembered and celebrated on the Blue half of Merseyside for his stellar managerial achievements in the 1960s. His trophy haul for the Toffees has been eclipsed only by Howard Kendall.
The shortlist of potential candidates to replace Marco Silva is just that — short. Which is why the leap for the media to David Moyes, currently employed because of a string of failed or middling managerial spells, has been so easy to make but it would be a hugely retrograde and deeply unpopular step to bring him back, even for just a few months.