Pick a manager who’s enjoyed an ounce of success in English football and it’s likely they’ve been linked with the Everton manager’s job in the last week.
Carlo Ancelotti’s departure from Goodison Park was a shock but the Toffees seem to have picked a good time to find a new head coach given the merry-go-round that’s currently taking place in European football.
Everton have been in talks with former Wolves boss, Nuno Santo, to take over the reins but he doesn’t appear to be the favourite with Bill Kenwright.
He still holds a place on the board and according to some sources, he is keen on seeing David Moyes return to Goodison Park this summer.
That’s according to Duncan Castles who was speaking on the Transfer Window podcast this week.
He commented: “You have Bill Kenwright, the previous majority shareholder of the club, who’s still on the board, pushing for David Moyes or Roberto Martinez – two people he has had as Everton managers in the past and who, as one person who’s very familiar with Everton’s operation says, candidates that Bill always pushes for the job.”
After Moyes’ spells with Manchester United and Sunderland, you’d be hard-pressed to discover a set of supporters who’d want him back in Merseyside.
The Scot ended his reign at Old Trafford with a win percentage of 52%, but ultimately failed to follow in the footsteps of the great Sir Alex Ferguson.
His win rate was even worse at the Stadium of Light, coming away with a victory in just 18.6% of his matches in the northeast.
However, he’s been a rejuvenated figure at West Ham and has led a phenomenal revival. Last term the Hammers were relegation candidates but he turned them into European hopefuls throughout 2020/21.
The Irons only just missed out on Champions League football as Moyes eventually ended up among the nominees for the Manager of the Year award.
Speaking about his accomplishments this season, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville called the 58-year-old “exceptional” for the job he’d done.
The progress he managed with West Ham this season was nothing short of a miracle but he was able to get the best from players; specifically Jesse Lingard who managed the best attacking numbers of his career.
He worked his way back into the England squad after scoring nine goals and assisting five strikes under the stewardship of Moyes.
His man-management and tactics were spot on but what’s vital for Everton is that he already knows the surroundings.
He spent over 11 years at Goodison Park, managing a grand total of 518 outings during his stay in Merseyside.
On that evidence alone you can understand why Kenwright wants him to return after Ancelotti’s departure.
At the moment, it would take a bold man or woman to disagree with him.