Marco Silva targets Premier League return insisting he is 'better manager' after Everton sack
Portuguese manager speaks exclusively to Sky Sports News for the first time since departure from Everton in December
By Lyall Thomas & Tim Thornton
Last Updated: 09/06/20 10:52am
Marco Silva wants to return to manage in the Premier League above all others but insists he will wait for the right club.
The Portuguese was sacked as head coach of Everton last December after a difficult start to the season left them short of their targets, but he is now keen to return to work in whatever form football takes after the coronavirus pandemic.
Silva insists he is a better manager now because of his experience at Goodison Park, after having time to reflect on what happened during his 19 months at the club - especially during the pandemic lockdown.
"No doubts it is my aim to manage in the Premier League, " he said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News.
"I love the Premier League. I have managed three different clubs in the Premier League and it's the toughest competition in the world.
"We have many things to keep proving in the Premier League and it is something I'm looking for in my future. I don't know if it will be soon or not, but of course it's my aim.
"I am preparing for the right one. That doesn't mean it has to just be in the Premier League. I have targets to manage in different leagues as well. I am not desperate to go for anywhere.
"This lockdown stopped the world a little bit and you have to look at life, which is becoming the right way step-by-step, and football too.
"There is no doubts I am a better manager now. I remember when I joined the first club in the Premier League what I had to prove in that moment. I took a risk with Hull because the club was not I the best position in the table.
"But it was a fantastic period for me. And when I go again, I have to prove again - because you have to prove yourself every day in football. For sure I have to be a better manager now."
Although he respects Everton's decision to let him go, with a club aiming for the European places suffering in 18th place following a 5-2 defeat to rivals Liverpool, the 42-year-old Silva believes he and his team were hard done by within fine margins.
"I've had a lot of time to reflect on everything," he said. "When I left it was a tough decision for everyone. I had the confidence with my staff and the players that we will get things again for us. But I have to respect it was made. The position in the table was not good.
"In football, many of the decisions we have to make in the moment, and then you can look to analyse the game and if you had to do something different. But football is in the moment and you have to prepare your team for the next game.
"The market was difficult for us because we had a tough market the season before. We did fantastic, the way we finish, and I said it would be key for us to get stronger this season and the season after. It was a key situation but it was a difficult market for us. We signed young players again, and most of them came in the last week of the market. It's always difficult It's not to find excuses but we have to be open.
"We had tough moments in which we were not lucky at all. We scored three own goals in that period. I believe myself and the staff worked really hard and gave our maximum but sometimes things don't go the way we wanted. The Brighton and the Tottenham games especially was very strange what happened on the pitch.
"But after we had moments we didn't play the way we wanted and as manager I have to take responsibility."
- 64 live games on Sky Sports from restart date of June 17
- 25 games to be made freely available
- New Sky Sports digital innovations also planned to enhance fan experience
The Premier League 2019/20 season will restart on Wednesday, June 17 and Sky, the UK's leading football broadcaster, will make 25 games available 'free to air' - including Everton vs Liverpool on the first full weekend back - for everyone in the UK to enjoy.
Sky Sports will show 64 live Premier League games when the season resumes. In addition to the 39 matches already scheduled to be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports before the coronavirus interruption, 25 more matches will be available on both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky's free-to-air Pick channel, allowing the whole nation to be part of the return of live sport.
To celebrate the return of the Premier League, Sky Sports will also launch a host of innovative new features and updates to give fans an even more immersive experience and share the moments live with family and friends on virtual platforms.