Farhad Moshiri strolled into Everton Football Club in February 2016 to the sound of the cheering masses who believed that their club had finally found the wealthy benefactor to make them a force in football once more.
Over two years on from his arrival and things haven’t panned out the way many had hoped – yet – if you discount the news concerning a potential world-class stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.
The past 12 months have seen the Toffees go backwards on the pitch, with last summer’s scatter-gun transfer approach failing to pay off, unrest among the fanbase and the playing squad and the chop-change nature of having three bosses all try to implement their ideas on the first team to no avail.
Moshiri, rightly, will continue to be backed by the Goodison Park faithful as he looks to bankroll their rise back into trophy contention – but there cannot be any denying that the pressure may begin to build if 63-year-old’s latest managerial appointment doesn’t adapt to life on Merseyside like his predecessors.
Marco Silva was the man that Moshiri wanted to bring to the club upon Ronald Koeman’s sacking last October and, while it’s taken time to get the Portuguese gaffer through the door, the 40-year-old is here now hopefully for the long haul.
The ex-Sporting, Estoril, Watford and Olympiakos boss heads to L4 with silverware success on his CV and an impressive number of backers – mostly players he was worked with – and should be given every opportunity to prove he is the man to usher in this speculated new era at Everton.
Of course, Moshiri won’t be the only individual who had a hand in bringing Silva to Everton. Newly appointed Director of Football Marcel Brands will have had a huge say in drafting him in on the reported three-year deal, so any blame that would be pointed at the duo – providing Silva doesn’t hit the ground running – would be doled out in equal measure.
It will seem baffling to many to even consider Silva potentially failing when he hasn’t got his feet under the table at Finch Farm, but Moshiri needs this appointment to work if he wants to keep Evertonians onside after the below-par nature of the past year.
Moshiri will want Silva to provide, well, a silver lining to his era at Goodison and the pair – along with Brands – will be given time to see how they fare. Anything else and the pressure may start to tell on the British-Iranian businessman’s footballing acumen.