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Team Silva will give backroom whole new look; SPOTLIGHT ON THE CHANGES AT EVERTON New manager brings in trusted coaching staff.


EVERTON will have a whole new backroom team under Marco Silva, but the names are very familiar to the Portuguese coach.

Yesterday's announcement that Marco Silva will be the new Blues boss also revealed that: "Everton's new manager will be joined by his staff - assistant manager Joao Pedro, goalkeeping coach Hugo Olivera, technical scout Antonis Lemonakis and fitness coach Pedro Conceicao."

Collectively they are known as Team Silva.

Marco Silva has a tight team who have worked with him since his first management job at Estoril in 2011.

Wheverer Marco Silva has gone in the last seven years - and he has had five jobs in that time - compatriots Pedro Conceicao and Joao Pedro Sousa have gone too.

Added to that mix is larger than life goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira, who joined Silva in his two English jobs at Hull City and Watford.

JOAO PEDRO SOUSA - ASSISTANT Long time friend and colleague, Sousa joined Silva at Estoril and has remained by his side ever since, taking a hands-on role on the training pitch.

Sousa takes the lead on the training pitch and has known Silva since 1998, when they played together at Trofense in the Portuguese league.

Sousa started his career as an Under-19 coach at Braga and teamed up with Silva again at Estoril.

Their partnership proved an immediate success, with Estoril promoted from the Segunda Liga in 2011/12, before finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe in 2012/13.

After that the pair moved to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, where they again enjoyed success, finishing third in the league and winning the Portuguese Cup, before being sacked.

Silva was bombed because Jorge Jesus, a former player and highly-reputable Benfica-coach, had become available.

The duo moved on to Olympiakos where they won the Greek League in their sole season in charge, before resigning.

PEDRO CONCEICAO - FIRST.TEAM COACH Pedro already had an extensive CV before joining up with Silva at Estoril, beginning within the youth well as leading on fitness and workload monitoring.

HUGO OLIVEIRA - GOALKEEPING COACH Oliveira has 15 years' experience in Portugal, his highest profile roles coming at Benfica, where he worked with international 'keepers Julio Cesar and Jan Oblak, and with the Portuguese national side under Carlos Queiroz.

A lively and engaging character, he was popular with the goalkeepers at Hull and Watford.

In July 2011, he moved to giants Benfica, where he stayed for six years, before the call came from Silva and Hull.

With Margetson having left he would slot seamlessly in to the goalkeeping set-up.

ANTONIS LEMONAKIS - TECHNICAL SCOUT Another of Silva's trusted aides, Lemonakis, 47, worked alongside the Portuguese at Watford where he enjoyed the title Data Analyst.

He first joined forces with Silva at Olympiakos, after an earlier spell at PAOK in Greece.

WHAT NOW FOR DUNCAN FERGUSON AND RYLAND MORGANS? Duncan Ferguson and Ryland Morgans were not part of the May cull which saw Craig Shakespeare, Sammy Lee, Martyn Margetson and Steve Walsh exit Everton - and were confirmed yesterday as remaining with the club.

Ferguson has worked under three different Everton managers since stepping up from his role as an Academy coach in 2014 and is popular with the playing staff.

Cenk Tosun is an experienced Turkish international, but still credited the former Scottish international with improving his game.

Morgans also enjoys a glowing reputation in the game.

He joined Everton in December last year having spent four years with Liverpool, then worked with the Wales national team and Allardyce at Crystal Palace.

Ferguson and Morgans will offer, with David Unsworth and John Ebbrell also continuing with the Youth Academy.


Marco Silva, then manager of Hull City, with his trusted backroom staff Joao Pedro Sousa and Hugo Oliveira (inset)
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 1, 2018
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