Under-fire Marco Silva safe for now after backing from owner Farhad Moshiri

Under-fire Marco Silva safe for now after backing from owner Farhad Moshiri

February 5, 2019

The Toffees majority owner said: “In this business you have to hold your nerve.”

Silva goes into Wednesday's clash against champions Manchester City with his Toffees stuck in a rut of seven league defeats in 12.

And memories of a humiliating FA Cup third-round loss at Championship side Millwall are still fresh in the minds.

Silva’s side were also booed off after Wolves’ 3–1 win at Goodison on Saturday and some supporters are calling for his head.

Yet as SunSport revealed, Moshiri, who has already seen off Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce since taking over three years ago, has no plans to see a fourth manager go.

He said: “Marco’s a talented coach but he’s planning long-term. He will coach and develop our young players and every year those players will become stronger.

“The Everton fans quite rightly demand young football. We want young players to develop, they need to play. It’s a project.”

Silva, who is still the subject of an FA tapping-up investigation after arriving from Watford in the summer said: “I know what is my job — to create a strong team.”

The Portuguese, 41, insists he is going along with the wishes of Moshiri and the Everton hierarchy.

He added: “I am always in contact with Moshiri. I know his feelings and his project.

“We took a decision to make young players part of our squad at the start of the season.

“This is one decision we took as a club — we didn’t attack the January market because we took that decision.”

Another thing Silva is sure of is that he has no interest in affecting the title race.

The Toffees could do neighbours and current leaders Liverpool a huge favour by taking points off City at Goodison tonight.

But Silva said: “It is not for us to look to that title fight. We know what is our fight.

“There are many games to play. Nothing will be decided in our game against City.

“We have to be more aggressive. And when we look at this fixture what we cannot be is scared — but we have to stop making mistakes.”

Silva has confirmed midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 29, will be available after he failed to get a move to Paris Saint-Germain, while vice captain Leighton Baines, 34, has received mega-money offers to finish his career in China.

The ex-England left-back who joined the club in 2007 but is now behind Lucas Digne, is out of contract this summer.

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