Everton are now without a manager, and the rumour mill has swiftly kicked into gear surrounding who might be the next person for the job…
Following the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday, 90min were among the outlets to report on some of the potential replacements. One of the names mentioned is Marcelino, who was most recently at the helm of Athletic Bilbao before stepping down midway through 2022.
With the Spaniard still out of work, he would represent a cut-price option, which would be preferable given Everton’s much-publicised financial issues.
However, Farhad Moshiri remains unsure of his frontrunner, with the Iranian continuing to assess all of the options available to him.
Whoever is selected for the role has an almighty task on their hands, overhauling a club which has been slowly heading in the wrong direction for years.
With the performances dwindling, toxicity had been brewing among the fan base, and it has come to the fore of late with various protests aimed towards a board deemed not fit for purpose.
It is inarguable to debate that since Moshiri’s riches came to Goodison Park, the club has actually regressed from the frugal tenure of David Moyes. Years of mismanagement have culminated in this season, in which they sit joint-bottom of the Premier League and scrambling for any kind of positive results, which have been all too rare in recent months.
The Toffees now need to avoid another quick-fix appointment and instead put someone with true managerial pedigree into the role.
Marcelino has that in bucketloads, with the 57-year-old having floated around the higher end of Spanish football for some time. Having managed Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia, as well as Athletic Bilbao, he boasts two trophies across those reigns.
His philosophy is a rigid 4-4-2 which has been described as high-octane, and he demands plenty from his players. Such no-nonsense ideals will be imperative towards removing Everton of the worst of the playing staff who have let down so many managers now.
His teams are fit and work hard for one another, as outlined in this self-evaluation that he once gave: “The players are on top form, they’re like cannons. They’re going to give their all to win. You don’t have to pay attention to motivation for this game.”
This is the kind of attitude that Evertonians will surely want to hear, returning to the ‘Dogs of War‘ mentality fostered back in 1995 at a time when it is needed most.