Everton’s hunt for a new manager looked as though it was going seamlessly last week.
Carlo Ancelotti had departed the club but the Toffees had acted swiftly to bring Nuno Santo back to the Premier League.
Nuno was primed and ready to take over at Crystal Palace until a deal collapsed at the 11th hour.
Everton swooped in but they’re having trouble appointing the Portuguese as well. The former Wolves boss had met with the Goodison Park hierarchy and underwent an interview.
However, in a fresh twist to the story, reports suggest that talks with the former Wolves boss are now beginning to stall. That’s according to talkSPORT who claim that a move for Rafa Benitez may now be favoured by Farhad Moshiri.
It’s claimed the Spaniard is once again under consideration for the job after initially being linked a few weeks ago.
This has been a particularly stressful time for the Everton chairman, Bill Kenwright.
He’s gone from a sense of stability under Ancelotti with a new stadium to come in three years to uncertainty and doubt in Merseyside once again.
The Toffees have plenty of experience in finding a new manager but replacing the Italian is one of their biggest tasks yet.
However, he eventually signed a new deal with West Ham United.
Another name favourable with Kenwright is Roberto Martinez, but his future may depend on how Belgium does at the ongoing European Championships.
After missing the boat on Moyes, the chairman is reportedly growing on the idea of hiring Benitez and after missing out on Moyes, the Spaniard is apparently on Kenwright’s wishlist.
Journalist Duncan Castles said earlier this week: “I understand he [Kenwright] now has favourable words for the idea of bringing Rafael Benitez back to Merseyside into the Everton dugout.”
Consequently, he should be absolutely enthralled by the idea of the former Liverpool boss being a serious option once again.
He might not be the first pick among many Everton fans due to his links with Liverpool but his record speaks for itself. Like Ancelotti, he is a Champions League winner and also has multiple league titles under his belt.
Favourably, he also knows the Premier League inside out; there’d certainly be worse appointments for the Toffees.