At the time of writing, ​Marco Silva is a dead man walking.

It would be a Christmas miracle if the Everton boss lasts the rest of the year, with humiliation in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday evening possibly the final straw for Silva, in what has been a dreadful season.

The 5-2 reverse at Anfield wasn't the first embarrassing defeat of Silva's tenure. Here's a look back at the Portuguese's seven worst defeats as manager of the Toffees.

Everton 2-6 Tottenham Hotspur (23 December 2018)

Jordan Pickford

Shipping six goals anywhere is worrying enough on its own, but when a backline is that leaky at their home ground, serious questions need to be asked. 

Admittedly, this was one of those bizarre matches we get during December's festivities, but still that would have mattered little to the 35,000 people supporting the losing side at Goodison Park. 

Everton were well and truly humbled in front of their own fans, who didn't hide their feelings about the result and performance. Boos and hisses reverberated around the old stadium, and you could begin to hear calls for Silva's head as the crowd lost faith in their manager. For everyone involved with the club, this was a real nightmare before Christmas.

Everton 0-1 Leicester City (1 January 2019)

Jamie Vardy

Given ​Leicester City's position at present, this doesn't appear to be too damaging a loss. However, things were rather different for the Foxes back in January.

Claude Puel was still in charge in the Midlands, not that any of the supporters or players wanted him there. The Frenchman's presence brought a sour atmosphere to the King Power Stadium, with the team's performances reflecting the darkness that surrounded the club.

Leicester nevertheless rocked up to Goodison and left with all three points after a gormless display from their hosts. 

As Silva mentioned to the ​BBC, Everton looked anxious and afraid during the defeat, which was their fourth in five ​Premier League fixtures. The cracks were starting to show.

Millwall 3-2 Everton (26 January 2019)


The Toffees followed up their loss to a mutinous Leicester side with another surprise defeat, this time against Championship strugglers Millwall in the fourth round of the FA Cup. 

That Everton twice led in this encounter is unforgivable, especially given the Merseysiders were one up with a quarter-of-an-hour left to play at the Den. 

They should have held on versus a team who, by the end of the 2018/19 campaign, were one place off dropping down to the third-tier. By this point, confidence was clearly starting to fade from Silva's men.

Fulham 2-0 Everton (13 April 2019)

Marco Silva

Fulham's relegation had already been confirmed when they welcomed Everton to Craven Cottage in April, but it was the visitors who looked like they had nothing left to fight for.

Victory would have taken the Toffees into seventh place in the table, keeping them on course for a Europa League return. And yet, there was no hunger or passion in a listless showing from the whole team.

Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel were the only Fulham players to score, though a number of their teammates could have got in on the act as they scythed through a shoddy Everton outfit.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton (23 August 2019)


When we kicked off for the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season, the Toffees fanbase were dreaming of what could be. Would their beloved team mount a serious challenge to the 'Big Six'?

That was still a possibility after the first two games as Everton collected four points and avoided defeat to keep them towards the top end of the table...and then they travelled to ​Aston Villa in gameweek three.

The Toffees lost their unbeaten record, their composure, and their self-belief. They have never again looked like pushing for European qualification. It's somewhat strange to say, but relegation is far more likely, even once Silva is removed from his post.

Everton 0-2 Norwich City (23 November 2019)


​Norwich City hadn't won on the road all season and were also yet to score away from home, but Everton were more than happy to help the Canaries out. In doing so, the Toffees recorded their third defeat from three meetings with newly-promoted sides.

It was as though Silva had no frontline as his side failed to threaten their lowly opponents. Everton may have had 18 shots, but Tim Krul was relatively comfortable. Norwich had three clear-cut chances in the clash, whereas the Merseysiders had none

This game epitomised everything that's gone wrong for Everton in the last 18 months. Rather than try alternative approaches, they continually pumped crosses into the box, which Canaries defenders had no issue dealing with. There was no invention and no flair, just pure mediocrity.

Liverpool 5-2 Everton (4 December 2019)

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton lost 4-0 to​ Liverpool in 2016, as well as 2014. In both of those derby defeats, the men in blue showed at least some fight and purpose. On Wednesday night, however, they lay down their tools, rolled over and allowed their rivals to walk all over them for large parts of the game.

The upcoming spectre of the Merseyside derby was probably all that stopped the board from sacking Silva last week. Now, there may be nothing left to save the 42-year-old.

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