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Everton ‘super excited’ to get going under Silva, says Jagielka

Phil Jagielka has been canvassing opinion on new Everton boss Marco Silva and is excited by what he has heard.

The Portuguese officially succeeded Sam Allardyce on Thursday, heralding what Everton hope will be brighter times ahead after the struggles of last season.

Silva’s experience of the Premier League consists of short spells at Hull, where he could not prevent relegation, and Watford, who sacked him after accusing Everton of an “unwarranted approach” last November.

Having failed to prise the 40-year-old away from Vicarage Road and turned to Allardyce, the Toffees have finally got their man seven months down the line.

Jagielka said on evertonfc.com: “Everyone I’ve spoken to about him has said they’ve really enjoyed playing under him.

“I’ve got a few good friends at Watford and Hull and I haven’t heard a bad word said about him. He’s got high standards. He’ll expect us to work hard and train hard – and he’ll let us know exactly what he expects from us.

“I know the players and the fans will all get behind him. We have a new manager and new ideas and everyone will be super excited.

“He’s obviously seen the potential and how much of a big club we are and that’s why he wanted to come here. He’s a young manager too. We have enjoyed having managers here for long periods in the past – it gives us solidity and I believe we can move forward in the years to come.”

Despite guiding Everton from the lower half of the table to an eighth-placed finish, Allardyce was the subject of protests from fans unhappy with the style of play.

Silva was keen to stress his commitment to entertainment in his first interview on Thursday, and Jagielka is looking forward to playing with freedom.

The Toffees captain said: “That attacking brand is what the fans love to see here. If we can do that, and the results come too, everyone will be happy.

“You always look forward to those sorts of games where you’re allowed to go and express yourself a little bit more. It is about doing it at the right time but also having a plan B and plan C, too.

“There will be a little bit of added pressure coming back with everyone needing to perform straightaway. That can only be a good thing. Everyone will be in the same boat. It’ll be like the first day at school. We want to get to a good start next season and move the club forward.”

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