Having been defeated in three of their past four games, Everton are on course to spend the remainder of 2018/2019 fighting for a top half finish, a fact that is widely regarded as unacceptable by fans of the Toffees.
With around £89 million spent in the summer transfer window, the board will have been expecting Everton to compete for Champions League positions and perhaps earn some silverware in either the League Cup or FA Cup.
However, their shock elimination from the FA Cup versus Millwall ensured that Silva’s men would not win the club’s first trophy since 1999 as they were knocked out of the League Cup on penalties against Southampton in October.
Now ninth in the Premier League, supporters have turned on the manager with many calling for his head. History suggests that his sacking is inevitable, or even imminent, but what would be best for Everton?