Everton are currently sat in the relegation zone after eight games following a fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of Burnley.

The Blues are in 18th with just eight points, the exact same position the club were in after the same amount of games in the 2017/18 season under Ronald Koeman. Two more winless games for the Dutchman sealed his fate.

Marco Silva on the other hand has reportedly been told he has three games to save his job, with fixtures against West Ham, Brighton and Watford in the cup ahead.

Everton’s former head of media, Alan Myers, believes this situation was inevitable.

“It’s a difficult situation at the moment.” The 57-year-old told us.

“It’s a culmination of things which have happened over a period of time, it’s not just about this season or Silva. 

“This situation has been coming for a while now.”

Alan (R) with Dan Meis, the architect behind Everton’s proposed new stadium

Since the beginning of the aforementioned 2017/18 season, Everton have signed 19 first team players and sold a further 17. As well as having four different managers in the dugout between then and now, as many as they’ve had in the last 18 years.

“We’re in a period where nothing is being given time to really establish itself.

“We know in football you don’t get time, so it just keeps snowballing every time it fails. That’s where the frustration comes from.

“There’s been a lot of transition and a lot of changes in regards to the way we play or how we play. 

“Since David Moyes left [in 2013], we’ve not really had what you would call a ‘stable identity’ as a team.

“One fan told me the other day ‘it’s only October’, but it’s another October. It’s the same as last season.”

Alan believes the feeling around the club must change in order for results on the pitch to.

“The downward feeling from supporters resonates through to the team, I’ve got no doubt about that. 

“Then players feel that, then they start to play under pressure because they feel the pressure that they’re not performing and it builds and builds. 

“You have to have a certain mentality to play for Everton.

“If I had a pound for every time an ex-player said to me, ‘you don’t realise how much pressure there is to play for Everton’, I’d be rich

“There is a mentality that we’ve got to turn around and unite as a fan base and a club.

“Until we do that, I don’t think a lot is going to change.”

Everton will be keen to get back to winning ways in Saturday’s early kick-off against West Ham at Goodison.

You can read more from Alan here.