Date: 31st May 2018 at 5:52pm
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Well the long drawn out, ‘will he won’t he’ saga surrounding Marco Silva has now come to an end with his official appointment as Everton’s new manager earlier today.

With last season’s shenanigans and our ongoing dispute with Watford still rumbling on, his appointment saw almost as many Watford fans respond to the news, as they did Evertonians.

Silva himself was delighted to finally bag the role and he told the Official Site.

“I am really happy to be here – to be the new Everton manager. I’m proud and I know the responsibility I have. I know what you expect from me, my staff and our team. We are ready for this challenge.”

The 40-year-old Portuguese has had successful spells at Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos and he certainly announced himself in the English game as he almost led Hull City to survival despite his late appointment where all seemed lost for them. A spell at Watford followed but his incredibly bright start there stalled following our interest and Watford were quick to shift him for their own reasons.

“I want to express my thanks to Farhad, to the Chairman, to the Board of Directors and to Marcel as well for the confidence in my work. I know the huge history of Everton as a club and what the fans expect. We have a lot of work to do in this next month and it is important to prepare everything in the right way. But there will be even more important work to do from the start of pre-season into the first Premier League match of next season.”

With playing style issues under former manager Sam Allardyce, Silva went on to say he knew what the ‘fans expect’ and whilst it’s a results-driven business, he knows Everton fans demand to see pride in a performance, battle and commitment as well as players expressing and enjoying themselves and that’s what he hopes to introduce.

“We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe. Everton is a really ambitious club and that is what I want. What we are seeing now are good changes at the Club. The Club is changing its approach. But one thing we cannot change and nobody wants to change is the huge history and ambition of the Club.”

He has signed a deal until June 2021 and Joao Pedro (assistant manager), Hugo Oliveira (goalkeeping coach), Antonis Lemonakis (technical scout) and Pedro Conceicao (fitness coach) will make up his backroom staff.

Ahead of the appointment fans were split, that hasn’t changed really. At least the welcome messages can be printed here!