Exclusive: Danny Mills claims Silva made 'Brave decision' in Everton win v West Ham

Danny Mills says that it was a “brave decision” from Everton manager Marco Silva to dub Saturday’s clash against West Ham a must-win game.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender insists the Portuguese boss was showing a lot of faith in his players with his comments, saying it could have come back to bite him had they lost.

Silva spoke about his future at Goodison Park prior to Saturday’s clash, a game in which the Toffees won 2-0 thanks to Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

With victory under the Toffees’ belts, Mills says it was a gamble from the manager to make such a bold statement in the build-up and one which could have had him answering difficult questions after full time.

Mills told Football Insider: “They lost their last four in the Premier League and I think it was a brave decision, he’s saying to his players: ‘I believe in you, you’re good enough, we have to go out there and win this game, no ifs, no buts.’

“It sends a positive message, he says I know we’ve not been doing well enough, we’ve got to go and win this game and right the ship, get back on an even keel. 

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“If they lost and it backfired, he’d have had to answer some serious questions.” 

Victory for Everton pushed them out of the relegation zone prior to the rest of Saturday’s games, with three wins, a draw and five defeats so far.

Their next match sees them take on Brighton next weekend, with a League Cup clash against Watford in the days following their league outing.

In other Everton news, Football Insider can reveal one in-form attacker is eyeing up a permanent departure from Goodison Park despite impressing Marcel Brands with his form.