With Marco Silva under increasing pressure at Everton following a run of 10 defeats from 16 games, Danny Murphy got Blues fans talking when he suggested Jose Mourinho as a possible replacement.
Mourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United back in December, while Silva has faced further backlash from Blues fans after giving his players an extended break during their 17-day gap without a game after Everton 's defeat to Watford in their last outing.
While Murphy is not expecting Silva to leave the Blues just yet, he thinks he could end up replaced by his compatriot further down the line.
"I don’t think it’s that crazy a thought due to the financial clout they’ve got," Murphy said on talkSPORT . "I think it’s a delicate one when you start at Everton you want to give a manager a chance.
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"I don’t know if all Evertonians would go for that as he is a certain type, Mourinho is very Marmite and could be an expensive risk.
“He has won stuff, he has got good contacts with agents and players, but I think maybe not yet.
"It’s one of those where it could happen down the line, I know there’s always a risk he could take another job but yeah I don’t think it’s crazy.
“If Everton are looking bigger and want to compete why not get a manager who has competed."
Murphy's suggestion certainly prompted a mixed response from Evertonians with some Blues fans thinking Mourinho could be a brilliant appointment at Goodison Park.
Interesting possibility but it would be considered a real gamble. Could he provide the motivation to stimulate a crestfallen squad but I am sure that he has the experience but has he got the heart and desire to take Everton to a much higher level, especially with the new stadium.— Roger Williams (@RogerWi33581994) February 11, 2019
We’ve not been close to winning anything for years but saying one most decorated managers in history is not good enough to manage efc! Snap his hands off— Tony Renton (@tonyr220908) February 11, 2019
That would be the best news we’ve ever had!!— Clements (@clements2016) February 11, 2019
I may be in the minority but I'd love it if we got Mourinho.— Danny Atherton (@DannyNE12) February 11, 2019
Take him all day long top class manger won with every club he managed— andrew hughes (@amhughes72) February 11, 2019
Proven winner don't see why people wouldn't give him a shot?— Paul (@PHealy83) February 11, 2019
Yes! Yes! Yes! Why?? He’s a winner.— Gavin Smith (@Caerdydd_78) February 11, 2019
Sometimes things do or don’t fit. It worked at chavski 1st time. Not United. Milan and Porto it worked and real to a point. As we know already silva doesn’t fit. Who’s to say it won’t work and he gets the club and city? Always had a rivalry with the RS too. #silvaout— Martin O’Sullivan (@ToffeeWraps) February 11, 2019
However, other fans were put off by his record in recent years despite his continued ability to win trophies.
PLEASE GOD NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!— Martin Codack (@DreamWinner) February 11, 2019
HE HAS A TOXIC PERSONALITY AND HIS COACHING METHODS HAVE GONE BACKWARDS ALL HE DOES IS BLAME THE PLAYERS WHICH TURNS THEM AGAINST HIM!
Has he ever shown he can turn a crap team around?
Ignoring his blatant disregard for team morale and man management, he only did well at clubs with word class players, or at the very least, with the strongest players in the league.— Ste (@ste_henry) February 11, 2019
Mourinho 10yr ago yes, today's Mourinho no chance.— Neil Coleran (@NeilColeran) February 11, 2019
Haha he destroys clubs 3 years a clip. Do Everton need more dysfunction?— Dave (@SeahawkBlue81) February 11, 2019
Mad to look at his list of honours an we still don't want him I think he's totally wrong for are club.. the man's ego will always be put before the club he manages— Allthingseverton (@Allthingsevert1) February 11, 2019
Dont want him, just look what he did to Utd.!!!!!!— Nigel Pratt (@2ndfcbaribrit) February 11, 2019
We've only ever seen The Special One be especially estranging of players and staff in the PL. For a trained sports psychologist he certainly knows how to crush egos and lose a dressing room. No thanks.— TorontoToffees (@TO_Toffees) February 11, 2019
No! We need a manager who will understand EFC and bring a feel good, positive attitude. At MUFC, we saw a dour, moody, negative Mourinho. We can't afford to add that to our other problems.— Bluescepticrealist (@scepticrealist) February 11, 2019
And finally there were fans who just couldn't see him at Goodison Park regardless.
Can’t imagine mourinho working with brand— Jon Keen (@JonKeen2) February 11, 2019
Wrong man for our club !!!!— lee browne (@browner6) February 11, 2019
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If the best chef in the world took on a cafe that had out of date food and staff with a bad attitude it would be a difficult job— Kingburnsey (@kingburnsey) February 11, 2019
Don’t want him. Don’t particularly want Silva either. Truth is though there is not any appealing alternatives out there. Tough one ♂️.— Adam James (@A_J_Stirling) February 11, 2019
Haha not a chance on this earth would he go to Everton— Lee rylett (@LeeRylett) February 11, 2019