Keane urges Everton to stick with Silva

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Michael Keane insists the entire Everton squad is behind boss Marco Silva despite their recent struggles.

Michael Keane insists the entire Everton squad is behind boss Marco Silva despite their recent struggles.

Everton fought to get Silva on board ahead of the 2018-19 campaign after initially failing to pry him away from Watford last term.

After fans grew tired of Sam Allardyce’s long-ball tactics, Everton’s board eventually agreed a deal with Silva to take charge.

But Silva’s time at Goodison Park hasn’t gone smoothly and Saturday’s defeat at Watford means they have won just three times in their last 13 league games.

Silva is clearly under pressure with some reports suggesting Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is being lined up, while others claim former Huddersfield manager David Wagner is being considered.

However, Keane insists the squad are still enjoying life under Silva and believes he needs more time to build on some solid foundations.

‘We all rate the manager and we’re all pulling for him,’ Keane told the Daily Mail.

‘I think he’s doing a good job, but things aren’t going for him at the minute.

In football, lots of managers 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, we’ve got 100 per cent belief we will turn the corner and we believe in what we’re doing.

‘Stability is important at any football club because when the routines become more normal, players and staff get to know each other and as that unity takes root, you grow more as a team.

The manager has brought some brilliant players in and he’s laid good foundations.

We’re right behind him.’

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