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Everton: Andrea Pirlo linked with Toffees manager job

Everton have recently been linked with Andrea Pirlo to take over from Carlo Ancelotti as manager at Goodison Park and, if hired, he could prove to be an excellent appointment by Bill Kenwright.

What’s the word?

According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Pirlo is on the shortlist to take over at Goodison Park after Ancelotti left to join Real Madrid earlier this week.

The 42-year-old was sacked by Juventus after a difficult first season in charge but is also said to be attracting interest from Serie A clubs Sassuolo and Hellas Verona.

Would he be a good appointment?

Despite being unable to preserve Juventus’ run of successive titles in Serie A this season, with Inter winning the Scudetto, Pirlo was able to steer the Old Lady to a Champions League finish on the final day of the campaign with an impressive 4-1 win against Bologna.

The Italian giants finished just one point behind second-placed AC Milan and lost only six games across the 38-game league season. However, Juventus struggled in the Champions League and were embarrassed by 10-man Porto in the round of 16, which will surely have been a huge factor in his eventual sacking.

Would Pirlo be a good appointment?

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After a brief period in charge of Juventus’ under-23 side, Pirlo was quickly appointed manager of the firs team at Juventus, which suggests that he impressed with his ideas but unfortunately was unable to put them into practice.

His overall record is actually quite impressive, as he took charge of 52 games in total, winning 34, drawing 10 and losing just eight, resulting in a solid points per game average of 2.15.

This is better than any Everton manager in history to take charge of more than five games, and although Pirlo would be joining a more competitive league, you can’t question his pedigree as a player and as a manager.

He was praised by former Juventus teammate Claudio Marchisio earlier in the season for his “courageous” decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo for the pivotal final fixture, which suggests that the 42-year-old is not afraid to make difficult decisions. That bodes well for him dropping some of the players at Everton who might feel they are untouchable despite poor performances.

Therefore, considering that he is without a job and has experience at a top club in the Champions League, Kenwright should definitely consider hiring Pirlo for the Toffees ahead of next season.

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