On this day in 2018, Marco Silva officially arrived at Everton.

And his tenure began with a promise to Blues fans.

Silva sealed a three-year deal to take over at Goodison Park after Sam Allardyce was sacked.

Those six months under Allardyce had seen a toxic atmosphere hang over the club as supporters grew understandably disillusioned with his ways.

Silva's brief was clear - and he laid it out with a vow in his first statement.

He said: "I know what our fans expect: they expect results but not only results. I want our fans to be proud when they see our team on the pitch.

"I want them to feel that we are committed, that we are working hard and enjoying our football because that is important as well.

“We want to build a great connection between the squad and the fans, and I’m sure that with our attitude and demands of commitment then our style of play will see that, I believe.”

Sadly for Silva and Everton, the dream could not be realised.

The Portuguese's first season was one of notable highs but numerous lows - resulting in an eighth-placed finish.

And things did not pick up in 2018/19, with Everton and Silva parting company in December after a dismal run of form.

Just over a fortnight later, Carlo Ancelotti was announced as the new manager.

Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Everton
Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Everton

The pledges Silva outlined remain the exact same for the Italian veteran.

And the early signs suggest Ancelotti can deliver.

Everton have been "committed", and the sense of pride delivered by that handful of games under Duncan Ferguson's temporary stewardship has largely remained.

Results since have not been perfect, but the will to win has been evident - not least during the stirring fightback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Watford.

A "great connection" between squad and supporters also seems to be building once again.

And there is no doubt that Everton - perhaps for the first time in a while - are forging a strong sense of identity in their football.

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Spearheaded by the dangerous duo of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and anchored by Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate at the back, the foundations are there for the Ancelotti "style of play" to truly take hold.

The current suspension of football will impact Everton in the transfer market, as it will for all clubs.

But with youthful promise on the pitch and winning experience in the dugout - Everton have a vision to follow.

And true belief, rather than mere hope, that those promises can be delivered.