RelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Everton have confirmed that Marco Silva has been sacked.The Toffees have now slipped into the relegation zone following their 5-2 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening.”It was a bad game for us and a really bad night for us as well,’ Silva said after the loss against Everton’s Merseyside rivals.”They deserved the three points, no doubt, and we were not good enough. At this level you cannot concede the five goals the way we conceded them. We should do better, be more brave and win some challenges.”Silva, who signed a three-year contract when he replaced Sam Allardyce as Everton boss in May 2018, has guided his side to just four wins in 15 Premier League games this season.Everton’s majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, was due to arrive in Liverpool on Thursday afternoon to finalise a decision over the 42-year-old’s future.David Moyes, who spent 11 years as Everton manager before leaving to join Manchester United in 2013, is the favourite to replace Silva.Duncan Ferguson is now in temporary charge ahead of Everton’s clash against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday.A statement released by Everton on Thursday evening read: “Everton Football Club can confirm that manager Marco Silva has left the club.“Majority Shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Chairman Bill Kenwright and the Board of Directors would like to thank Marco for his service over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.“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.”Tags: EvertonMarco SilvaPremier League
Palace have enjoyed a remarkable revival since Pulis took the reins in November and currently find themselves seven points clear of the relegation zone. A surprise 1-0 win over Chelsea a fortnight ago was followed by a 3-0 victory at Cardiff last weekend and Pulis’ side have now conceded just two goals in their last five league matches. Julian Speroni, Joel Ward, Mile Jedinak and Puncheon have all been singled out for praise in recent weeks but Pulis insists it is the team ethic that has underpinned the team’s recovery. “It’s been about getting the players together, a lot of hard work, good organisation and they’ve believed in what we’re trying to do,” Pulis said. “They’ve done that, they’ve picked up on it, they’ve enjoyed it – what we’ve got to do is make sure we keep that grit and determination and the attitude that has seen them through the games.” He added: “The work ethic in the group has been absolutely fantastic. “One or two will catch the eye, score a goal or make a great save but if you actually look at the wider picture, everybody has just bought into what we want to do.” The Eagles host Aston Villa on Saturday and with both teams currently on 34 points, a victory for either side could all but seal top-flight status for another year. When it was put to him that Palace, who have six games left to play, may already be safe, Pulis said: “No chance. I don’t think so, there are more twists and turns in it and we’ll be desperately keen to get as many points on the board as quickly as we can.” He added: “It can change so quickly so we have to stay focused, win, lose or draw. “It’s been a good couple of weeks for us but it’s important we keep our feet on the ground – we recognise how important the Villa game is going to be on Saturday so we have to maintain the momentum we’ve built up over the past few weeks.” Puncheon, who signed a four-and-a-half-year contract when he joined the Eagles permanently in January, has scored five goals in 14 league matches this year including a brace against Cardiff last Saturday. Pulis hopes Puncheon remains at Palace in the summer but admits if bids were to be made for the player, the club would have to consider them. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is keen to hold on to in-form midfielder Jason Puncheon but admits the 27-year-old could still be sold in the summer if the right offer comes along. “If somebody comes in and makes an offer because Jason is playing so well, we’ll look at that offer,” Pulis said. “That’s the force of the market and it’s what happens to the top players if they play well. “(Gareth) Bale played extremely well for Tottenham and they ended up selling him to Real Madrid – it happens in every football club.” Pulis added: “Jason is playing ever so well for us, we don’t want to sell him and I don’t think we’ll be talking about selling him when the season is over. “But personally I know that happens in football and you just get on with it.” Puncheon has now played for nine clubs in his professional career and Pulis believes it is important the former Southampton player stays level-headed. “When he’s 100 per cent he’s a good player – anything but 100 per cent, if he drops off then he drops below the standard we need for our team to function,” Pulis said. “He’s played exceptionally well over a period now so I think he’s happy, but he’s another one who has to keep his feet on the ground.” Press Association
As regional champions, Australia’s boys will now compete at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games sevens competition in October if given the go-ahead by their National Olympic Committee (NOC). As per an International Olympic Committee ruling, only one male and one female team can attend the Youth Olympic Games from each nation.It was not all plain-sailing for Australia, the setback to Samoa having been preceded by a scrappy 29-25 win over the Cook Islands. But they rallied well, scoring 104 points with only five conceded in reply in their final three pool games against the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.As well as beating Australia, unbeaten Samoa enjoyed emphatic victories over the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands and also got the better of Fiji and Tonga in one-score games.Australia started the final in determined fashion and scored early through Jordan Williams. Less than a minute later Australian captain Jack Walsh crossed for the first of his three tries to make the score 10-0 before Samoa quickly responded with a converted try for Tuna Tuitama. Walsh crossed again, however, to take Australia’s lead into double figures at the break. In a one-sided second half, Walsh completed his hat-trick and Williams scored a second with Tolu Koula also getting on the scoresheet.“Obviously we came off a loss against Samoa at the start but from there on we built further. We really bonded well throughout the week and the team came through for each other. It was good to get a win in the last game,” said Walsh.Fiji defeated Tonga 21-14 in the third place play-off and the Cook Islands finished the weekend strongly with a 41-5 win over the Solomon Islands in the fifth place play-off.”The rugby standard was unreal, you had no easy games. All the teams were really good and had the ability to win,” Walsh added.