'We need to concentrate for longer periods' - Coach Whitmore

By July 04, 2019
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    The Toffees dropped into the Premier League relegation zone after suffering a 5-2 defeat to their neighbours at Anfield.

    The club announced the sacking of Silva on Thursday, ending the Portuguese tactician's 18-month stay at Goodison Park.

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    "Duncan Ferguson has taken temporary charge of the first team and will manage the side for the game against Chelsea on Saturday.

    "The club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible."

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    Silva becomes the fifth manager sacked in the Premier League this season after Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford, Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham and Unai Emery at Arsenal.

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