Everton manager Marco Silva is under pressure after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at Brighton in the English Premier League on Saturday.
At the Amex Stadium, Everton blew a 2-1 lead in the final 10 minutes to leave Silva fighting to save his job.
Silva’s side were in trouble after 15 minutes when Pascal Gross smashed a free-kick past Jordan Pickford for his first goal since April.
Everton drew level five minutes later when Richarlison met Lucas Digne’s corner with a header that deflected off Brighton defender Adam Webster into his own net.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin came off the bench to put Everton ahead from Mason Holgate’s pass in the 74th minute.
Brighton’s Neal Maupay scored an 80th minute penalty after Michael Keane was controversially ruled by VAR to have fouled Aaron Connolly.
And Everton defender Digne added to Silva’s woes when his stoppage-time own goal from Leandro Trossard’s cross left Everton two points above the relegation zone after their fifth defeat in their last six league games.
Watford remain bottom of the table after a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth.
The Hornets are still without a league win this season and haven’t won in nine home league games dating back to April.
Lys Mousset finished a memorable week on a high note with the equaliser in Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw at West Ham.
The hosts took the lead in the 44th minute through Robert Snodgrass’s cool finish from Andriy Yarmolenko’s pass.
But Mousset equalised for the Blades in the 69th minute, the French striker netting a fine strike with his first touch after coming off the bench.
After a difficult start following his close-season move from Bournemouth, Mousset now has three goals this term, with two in the last six days following his winner against Arsenal on Monday.
Saturday’s action couldn’t eclipse Leicester’s incredible 9-0 thrashing of Southampton at St Mary’s 24 hours earlier.
The result sent shockwaves through English football and Brendan Rodgers believes there is even better to come from Leicester after they equalled the biggest margin of victory in the Premier League era.
Leicester are third after hat-tricks from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy secured the biggest away win in English top-flight history.
“I think we’ll get better, we will improve. Of course the result and performance is perfect,” Rodgers said.
“We have young players who are only going to gain even more confidence. We will get better. We certainly won’t just be content with what we’re doing.”
Everton manager Marco Silva has been fined £12,000 ($16,000, 14,000 euros) for confronting match officials on the pitch following his side’s 3-2 defeat at Newcastle earlier this month, the Football Association announced Tuesday.
“The Everton manager accepted an improper conduct charge from the FA, which resulted from his behaviour on the field of play at the end of the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on March 9,” the FA said in a statement.
The Portuguese was furious at Newcastle’s winning goal being allowed to stand despite what he saw as “five Newcastle players in the same line in offside positions”, and confronted referee Lee Mason on the pitch before angrily questioning the linesman who had not raised his flag.
After the match, Silva tore into the officials, saying that for “the third goal it was a big mistake by the assistant, it was a clear offside.”
But it was his move onto the pitch that led to the charge by the FA, English football’s governing body, and the fine by an independent regulatory commission.
Everton are 11th in the Premier League after responding to the Newcastle defeat by beating Chelsea 2-0 at the weekend.
Watford announced on Sunday that they had sacked manager Marco Silva, blaming an “unwarranted approach” by Premier League rivals Everton for a downturn in results and loss of focus.
The Portuguese coach was a target for the Merseyside club earlier in the campaign after an excellent start to the season but a run of one win in 11 Premier League matches has cost him his job.
Instead, Everton appointed Sam Allardyce to replace the sacked Ronald Koeman.
“The club is convinced the appointment of Silva was the right one and had it not been for the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival for his services we would have continued to prosper under his leadership,” Watford said in a statement.
“The catalyst for this decision is that unwarranted approach, something which the board believes has seen a significant deterioration in both focus and results to the point where the long-term future of Watford FC has been jeopardised.”
The club are 10th in the Premier League table but only five points clear of the relegation places.
“For the security and success of the football club, the board believes it has to make a change,” Watford’s statement said.
“The club will seek to make a swift appointment and there will be no further comment until that appointment has been made.”
Silva, who was in charge at Hull City when they were relegated last season, is the eighth Premier League manager to lose his job this season.
Despite back-to-back Premier League defeats Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal side are still in the Premier League title race.
The Gunners are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with 14 matches to play but Wenger insists his fourth-placed team are not yet out of the running.
“It’s never over – we cannot behave like that,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Even if you think it is, I don’t. We cannot even think like that.
“We look at the teams around us and we’re all in a pack that is very tight, where the fight for every position will be massive like it has always been in the Premier League, maybe even more this season than ever before.
“The way we respond to our disappointing result last Saturday is vital. If it is over for us, it’s over for everybody else. We are all together in a pack there, so first we have to focus on staying at the top, and then if we can reduce the distance between us and Chelsea after, you never know.
“They have an advantage where they aren’t playing in Europe. They have no midweek games, so of course they are in a very strong position.”
Arsenal next play a revitalised Hull City side fresh from a 2-0 victory over Liverpool, at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Wenger is not underrating The Tigers taking close look at their revival under new manager Marco Silva.
“Not really because I felt they played well since the start of the season but they had not always the results,” he said.
“The Premier League is difficult for everybody – they were a bit unlucky sometimes so they are a tough opposition for us.
“Every game is difficult, especially at the Emirates. We have to prepare well to face a Hull team with more confidence than when we played them, so we have to prepare well.
“We need to focus on what we do well and the quality of our game. As well these players have been great players [before] last Tuesday, they are still great players one week later. You are not a different player. You have to have common sense a little bit.”
Hull City have expressed delight with the appointment of Marco Silva as their new Head Coach.
The Tigers Vice-Chairman, Ehab Allam, told the club’s website that one of the reasons they considered before the confirmation on Thursday was the 39-year-old’s football philosophy.
He added that the club was already working hard with the new manager to bring in more crucial additions in the transfer window.
“He (Silva) has a great track record and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to retain the club’s Premier League status. Marco will be bringing in his own back-room team who have all played their part in his recent success.
“We are already working hard with Marco and his team to deliver some key additions to our squad during this transfer window,” he said.
Silva was previously managing Olympiacos, where he won the Greek league title and enjoyed a memorable Champions League victory over Arsenal last season.
He has also managed Estoril in his home country, who he guided to fifth and then a club record fourth place finish in the Portuguese top flight.