Everton’s hunt for a new manager is beginning to build a head of steam as they aim to replace Carlo Ancelotti in swift fashion.
However, Farhad Moshiri and co are beginning to make their move on another coach, with Lille boss Christophe Galtier on the radar.
That’s according to Duncan Castles, who was speaking on the Transfer Window podcast this week. He said: “The guidance I have is that Everton have made contact with Galtier’s agent.”
Castles added: “They want a ready-made and experienced manager who could fit straight into their camp and not make too many radical changes.”
This is an update which should leave supporters at Goodison Park absolutely elated. After all, Galtier has a vast array of qualities which would no doubt suit what Everton are trying to achieve.
The Merseyside club are currently stuck in mid-table mediocrity and, when Galtier arrived at Lille, they were also a club stuck in limbo.
They finished 17th in his first season at the club, which meant a fourth consecutive year outside of the top four. However, he then guided them to second and fourth-placed finishes before miraculously beating PSG to the Ligue 1 title this year.
Lille have often been on the periphery of Champions League football but have now qualified in two of the last three successive seasons.
A place at Europe’s top table has been the goal for Moshiri for a number of years but, despite managerial promises, qualification for the Champions League has eluded them.
Roberto Martinez told Bill Kenwright when he took over that he’d bring Europe’s premier competition back to Goodison Park, while Ancelotti reiterated a similar goal after his appointment. Unfortunately, no manager has steered them into the top four since David Moyes.
Galtier has a proven track record of achieving above expectations, and for Everton that should be eye-catching. It also bodes well for the fan base dreaming of a place among the continent’s elite clubs.