Everton owner Farhad Moshiri will sack Marco Silva if his team lose to West Ham after the international break.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider editor Wayne Veysey about the under-fire Portugese manager.
Silva’s position is under threat after his mixed debut season has been followed by Everton going into the two-week Premier League break in the relegation zone.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Silva fears he is one match from the sack following a run of four consecutive defeats.
“Marco Silva is under massive pressure,” Whelan told Football Insider. “This is not a team that should be losing to Burnley, Sheffield United and Bournemouth.
“When you have lost five games out of six, you have to accept pressure from the board.
“The outcome of the next game is absolutely key to Silva keeping his job. Everton have a two-week period now to search for a successor in case they lost against West Ham.
“I would expect them to be putting feelers out for a new manager. Silva might be given the next game, but he doesn’t have too much time left if they lose.
“Moshiri has showed in the past he is not afraid of sacking managers if results are poor. If things don’t turnaround immediately, it’s only going to end one way for Silva.”
The Merseysiders are next in action when they host West Ham at Goodison Park on Saturday week.
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