Everton’s hunt for a new manager could be changing direction as fan protests lead to pressure on the Toffees board.
The Merseyside club have targeted Rafa Benitez with a move believed to be edging ever closer but there are other names in the mix.
A number of faces have been in the race to become the new manager of Everton.
Nuno Santo was the initial favourite but after talks stalled, Benitez has become the frontrunner to take over at Goodison Park.
Though, with pressure building on Farhad Moshiri and co to look elsewhere, a new name has emerged in their thoughts.
According to The Guardian, Everton are interested in luring former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre to the club.
The Swiss is also a target for Crystal Palace who are still looking for Roy Hodgson’s successor after he left the Eagles.
Favre might not have a Champions League winning medal or a top-flight title to his name but in terms of what Everton need and the supporters want, he’d be an upgrade on Benitez.
The 63-year-old may have been sacked at Dortmund but he did a fabulous job before he was given the boot in Germany.
He led a fabulous revival of the Bundesliga side, steering Dortmund to back to back second-placed finishes in the league after they’d finished fourth a year prior.
Everton have been stuck in mid-table for a while now but judging by Favre’s ability to rebuild, he could be perfect.
He entered Dortmund during a transition phase, needing to ditch older heads and instead, bring in younger faces.
Speaking exclusively to FFC previously, Bundesliga expert Dan Pinder said: “Looking at it, he [Favre] has done a decent job at rebuilding. Whether he can go into a job that’s already there all set up for him, I think that’s a different matter.”
The Swiss coach took the club forward with an energetic and lung-busting style of football played at breakneck speed.
It was fruitful as well, with Favre’s side scoring 84 times throughout the 2019/20 campaign, a tally that was only second to Bayern Munich.
A passage that perfectly summarises his brand of football can be found on the Bundesliga’s official website. It reads: “If Jürgen Klopp’s BVB played ‘heavy metal football’, Favre’s Dortmund are modern jazz: there’s a lot of room for improvisation and individual expression, but it’s within a well-defined framework that ensures all the pieces fit harmoniously.”
Everton haven’t always played the most eye-catching football but Favre’s appointment could put them on the map as one of the most pleasing teams to watch.
He only lost 24 of his 110 matches during his previous stint in management and appears to be chomping at the bit to return to management. Celtic were interested in him before hiring Ange Postecoglou so he’s certainly attracting plenty of attention.
With a possession-based style of football and a proven record of improving teams, he would be a wise appointment from the Everton hierarchy.