Silva takes familiar quartet of coaches to Everton
Written by Simon Austin — May 31, 2018
NEW Everton manager Marco Silva has brought his familiar quartet of assistants - Goncalo Pedro, João Pedro Sousa, Hugo Oliveira and Antonis Lemonakis - with him to Goodison.
As reported previously by TGG, Performance Director Ryland Morgans and first-team coach Duncan Ferguson will remain at the club despite the sacking of previous manager Sam Allardyce.
However, assistants Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare and Martyn Margetson have all been shown the door, along with Director of Football Steve Walsh.
First-team coach Pedro and assistant Sousa have worked alongside Silva in each of his five previous managerial jobs, at Estoril, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, Hull and Watford.
Goalkeeping coach Oliveira joined Silva at Hull, while analyst Lemonakis has been with him since his time at Olympiakos. Here’s more on the members of Team Silva:
João Pedro Sousa (assistant manager):
Sousa has known Silva since 1998, when they played together at Trofense in the Portuguese league.
He started his career as an Under-19 coach at Braga and teamed up with Silva again at Estoril. Their partnership proved fruitful, with Estoril promoted from the Segunda Liga in 2011/12, before finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe in 2012/13.
After that, they moved to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon and again enjoyed success, finishing third in the league and winning the domestic Cup, before being sacked, apparently because Silva had not worn his official club suit to a match.
At Olympiakos, they won the Greek league in their sole season in charge, before resigning.
Goncalo Pedro (first-team coach):
Pedro took the warm-ups at Hull and Watford, as well as leading on fitness and workload monitoring. His coaching career began with the youth teams at Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, before he moved to Saudi Arabia to coach the national Olympic team and then wealthy club side Al Ahli.
Silva brought him home to Portugal to work at Estoril and they have been together ever since.
Hugo Oliveira (goalkeeping coach):
A lively and engaging character, who the keepers at Hull and Watford enjoyed working with.
Oliveira worked under Carlos Queiroz with the Portuguese national team - a stint that took in the 2010 World Cup. In July 2011, he moved to giants Benfica, where he stayed for six years, before the call came from Silva and Hull.
Antonis Lemonakis (analyst):
A Uefa Pro Licence coach, who first worked with Silva at Olympiakos. They have been together ever since, at Hull, Watford and now Everton.