It’s happened. After a shocking start to the season. Ronald Koeman has been sacked.
A season that promised so much after last year’s fight for European qualification has ended for Koeman in pure embarrassment, just 9 games into his second season. Koeman was given a never-ending war chest and instead of spending it on two Ferrari’s and a Bentley, he brought in multiple Fiat 500’s and a returning slug than stole our hearts in 2004 to win multiple trophies.
Coinciding with the sightless, inadequate spending that see’s us still without a left-sided centre back, left, winger and striker. Continuous tactical disasters, the neglect of pace and width and the deprivation of confidence of both youth and experience, the hope under Koeman this season ended quicker than Kevin Mirallas vanishing in a game of football. Bar the 4-0 win over Man City, there hasn’t been one outstanding performance from the Blues while Koeman has been at the helm and come this type next year, Koeman will be just another forgotten memory in the longlasting history of Everton Football Club.
Koeman done what he could. At previous clubs he’s either thrived off previous success or struggled to live up to expectations. Here, the club only improved as if they declined any further they would be relegation candidates and now, they’re a couple of months being that. He was able to steady the ship after Martinez but there was nothing after that. And nothing to prove that ther would be any improvements in the foreseeable.
And now, surprisingly, the board have acted on the disastrous start and now have the chance to put it right with us only being five points off our local rivals. It’s a chance to bring in a youthful, enthusiastic coach with clear ideas and ideologies. Someone who will bring attacking football, high pressing and a philosophy that would bring success. Unlike the negative style that was more reactive than proactive, with game plans based on the oppositions quality and not ours.
And Thomas Tuchel brings exactly that. A coach that believe’s in fluidity and aggressive football in which plays the oppossition off the park. Unlike his potential predecessor. Although, Tuchel’s philosophy was to win games through attacking, high-tempo football, he was able to organise his side into a solid defensive shape that simultaneously allowed them to pounce on the counter attacking with pace, power and width. Again, unlike Koeman. As seen here with the clear description of Tuchel’s tactical prowess.
Tactically, Tuchel would be the best candidate for the job. At Dortmund, through the constant ball possession, enabling them to penetrate the defence at any time, Tuchel mainly used a 4-1-4-1 which would also be welcomed at Everton. Allowing one holding midfielder, either Gana or Schneiderlin with Davies and Gylfi ahead with pace and youth up top through the likes of Calvert-Lewin, Lookman and Vlasic.
Tuchel would be perfect and should easily be first choice. Albeit, inexperienced in England, our board needs to take a risk as the next managerial appointment is the biggest since the departure of David Moyes in 2013.
MARCO SILVA – A risk? Yes. Worth it? Yes. It’s incredible to think that Silva has only managed in England for barely 10 months, yet he’s left a impression on most, including me since his arrival in Hull. After completely revitalising Hull and just missing out on Premier League survival, he has implemented his philosophy of high pressing and dominant possession well enough to leave Watford sitting 6th just a point adrift of Chelsea and Arsenal.
Similar to Mauricio Pochettinho, not only does he have the tactical prowess to succeed at the highest level but can clearly improve sides and individuals on little resources as seen at the back end with Hull last season. Similar to Pochettinho at Southampton and at the beginning of his Spurs career, he swaps between a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 formation which allows a quick and effective transition from defence to attack through the use of box-to-box midfielders and actual wingers. Albeit nothing magical from the use of formations, Silva’s methods thrive of width and simple but effective possession-based play. Unlike with Koeman, who neglected the idea of any width despite it being the easiest way to attack sides as seen through the success of Man City and Chelsea over the past year.
Similar to Tuchel, Silva can easily change his side from a team which focuses on keeping the ball, to a side the quickly pounces on the counter attack. Watford’s use of Chalobah/Capoue and Doucoure in the midfield to win the ball back and go forward could easiy by used at Everton through Gana and Tom Davies with Sigurdsson ahead playing as the traditional number 10.
And for those saying “what has Silva even achieved?” “All he’s done is take Hull down”. If that’s how you see it then have it your way and accept either Sam Allerdyce or David Moyes. Marco Silva has transformed two Premier League sides in the matter of months as well as success in both Portugal and Greece which included a famous away win against Arsenal in the Champions League. He’s a manager who has the potential to become one of the best in the world, yet some of our fans don’t want to risk it. Even though there’s little to risk on a manager with wins over Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal already in such short time.
Silva could easily come in and do a similar job to what Pochettinho has done at Spurs. Pochettinho hadn’t done much at Southampton, similar to what Silva has already done at Hull and Watford yet he’s now touted as one of the best manager’s in the world. Marco Silva can and will follow the same path.
I reccommend that if you completely disagree with my view that Marco Silva would completely transform us as a club, then you should just stop reading right about now. A more left-field possible appointment would be Paulo Fonseca. Previously targeted by the club following the departure of Roberto Martinez, Fonseca has now achieved major success in both Potugal and Ukraine and I can’t reccommend enough that the club should target Fonseca once again.
Fonseca, linked with PSG and Monaco in the summer, has recently put his name forward for the chance to work in England and trust me when I say he deserves it. Again another risk, but if you’d rather see 10 men behind the ball every week then enjoy yourself watching Sean Dyche at Burnley every fortnight.
Fonseca enjoyed success in his first season in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk, with them winning their first double since 2012/13. Fonseca’s stock has risen rapidly in the past year and it will grow even more following the win over Napoli and his tactics gaining the plaudits from no other than Pep Guardiola.
Again, similar to Silva and Tuchel, Fonseca adapts a 4-2-3-1 formation that can either be changed to a 4-3-3 when attacking or an organsied 4-4-2 when defending, especially in the recent games against Napoli and Manchester City. The possibilty to change formation in games comes through their dominance of possession with it being something Fonseca clearly focuses on in training. The constant use of the ball enables them to always create space and would see Schneiderlin and Davies be used with great affect in the midfield. Schneiderlin would be able to sit back, dictating the play, allowing both the full backs and Davies to venture foward with the ball hoping to break the lines.
Everton hardly hold great amounts of wingers, and Fonseca’s philosophy would be the most adaptable with the current squad. The full backs would push on mainly as wingers with Schneiderlin almost joing a 3-man defence. Then allowing Sigurdsson, Vlasic and Rooney or Sandro to remain narrow while supporting Calvert-Lewin upfront as the main striker.
As seen here, Ismaily(Baines) and Butko(Kenny) being the wing-backs, then allows the wide midfielders in Taison(Sigurdsson) and Marlos(Vlasic) to push inside supporting the midfield of Fred(Davies) and Kovalenko(Rooney), while Schneiderlin sits back with the centre backs to cover any threat on the counter.
This would seem the most likely of how Everton would line up under Fonseca. Albeit a new left back and winger would be needed as well as a striker. Fonseca’s ability to make sure his side dominate the midfield would work in the Premier League similar to Pep’s style under City.
Pep struggled defensively with the Premier League last seasonn, something Fonseca’s sides seem strong at. Similar to Spurs under Pochettinho, they are able to compact the midfield forcing play out wide which enable an easier press from both the winger, full back and one of the central midfielders. At Shakhtar, his side’s remain narrow when defending which also allows them to counter using the width left available by the opposition.
Again, it’s another risk to bring in Paulo Fonseca. But tactiaclly, he’s clearly capable of bringing success and would easily challeneg the top 6 with the current squad. Fonseca demands togetherness and respect within his camp which contrasts the current crop of players at Everton at the moment which look lost.
Admittingly, whoever decides the next managerial choice for Everton, has a big decision to make. But whoever does make the decision, has to at least consider these 3 top, top coaches. They all have the ability to make it at the very highest level with the best clubs in the wolrd. Time to take a risk and grow some mighty, top 4 candidate balls if we want to be successful.