Marco Silva: Everton ace reveals what the players really think of under-fire manager

EVERTON defender Michael Keane insists the players ARE behind under-fire manager Marco Silva.

Everton have been on the slide since the turn of the year, winning just twice in seven league games and losing to Millwall in the FA Cup.

It emerged this weekend that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is among the candidates to replace Silva should he get the boot.

But Keane says he wants the club to stick with Silva, who was only appointed in the summer.

He claims the players are trying to implement what he wants and says they are fighting for him

He said: “We all rate the manager and we’re all pulling for him. I think he’s doing a good job but things aren’t going for him at the minute.

“Lots of managers in football go through bad spells, but sometimes the best way ahead is to stick with them and they come out the other side.

“We’re confident we can do that because we have quality among the players in this squad, a quality manager and we’ve got 100% belief that we will turn the corner and we believe in what we’re doing.

“Stability is important at any football club because the routine becomes more normal, more entrenched, players and staff get to know each other a bit more and, as that unity takes root, you grow more as a team.

“The manager has brought some brilliant players in and he’s laid some good foundations. We’re right behind him.”

Everton lost to Silva’s former club Watford 1-0 this weekend to add more pressure as they sit in ninth place, drifting further from where they hoped to be.

He is now second favourite to be the next manager sacked after Maurizio Sarri’s whose Chelsea lost 6-0 to Manchester City yesterday.

And Matt Upson thinks Silva could get the boot if things get worse.

“I don’t think he is safe at the moment,” he told the BBC.

“I think he’s under threat, not to say that he’s going to get the sack tomorrow, but I’m sure with that run and the way that they are playing – we can talk about position in the league and points and what have you – from the supporters point of view they are sitting back and watching and not being particularly happy with what they are seeing.”