Everton assistant manager Luis Boa Morte has opened up on why he joined the club.

The former Premier League attacker was recruited by Marco Silva this summer after the departure of long-serving No. 2 Pedro Sousa.

Silva had previously worked with Boa Morte during his time at Sporting Lisbon, where the former Portugal international coached the club's under-19s side.

And now Boa Morte has explained why he could not turn down the opportunity for a reunion at Goodison Park.

Speaking in an interview featured on the Alan Myers Everton podcast, the Blues assistant boss said: "The manager invited me to come over and to work as one of the staff members.

 

"All the years I spent in England and in the Premier League, that was an invitation I couldn't turn down and I accepted.

"We just had a chat - this is always a way to see how people work, as everyone works in a different way.

"I was in a different country, a different league. But so far, so good."

Everton manager Marco Silva (right) and assistant boss Luis Boa Morte
Everton manager Marco Silva (right) and assistant boss Luis Boa Morte

Asked about his role in the coaching set-up, Boa Morte said: "When you become part of a coaching team, we're all together of course but we have to challenge each other.

"Everyone gives his opinion but at the end of the day, the manager has the final word.

"We have to support but he is always willing to listen to us and our opinion."

Boa Morte did battle with the Blues on the pitch many times during his career as player.

 

But he insists those encounters are all in the past now and he is well and truly part of the "Everton family".

He said: "This is part of football. At the time I was working for Arsenal, then for Southampton, then for Fulham, then for West Ham.

"You just have to be as professional as you can and defend the colours you are working for. That was in the past when I was a player.

"Now I am from the Everton family in the coaching staff, and I just have to fight for Everton.

Luis Boa Morte during an Everton training session at USM Finch Farm
Luis Boa Morte during an Everton training session at USM Finch Farm

"I remember it was always a tough ground to come and play, with really passionate supporters.

"Now I'm on this side and have to make it as hard as possible for other clubs. I'm very happy and very pleased to be here. It's been really a good welcome.

"All the staff and the players have been working really hard, hopefully we have a good start to the season."

Recalling younger days going up against Silva as a youth player in Portugal, Boa Morte admitted it was always a "tough battle".

 

He said: "We played together when we were 15, 16. We always had a good relationship.

"We've always been friends even when we went different ways. I think he was better when we used to play for the same team!

"He was a tough right-back. Always had tough battles, but that's the way it goes.

"We ended up going to the same club a few years later, working for the same club a few years later. Then opposite ways again.

"Now he gave me a chance to be part of his coaching team, and I'm really happy and pleased."