As Everton move into a second week without Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, the heat is really being turned up in their bid to find a replacement.
A number of suitors have been considered but a few frontrunners are now beginning to emerge.
Everton have been taking a look at Brighton boss Graham Potter but it’s understood that an interview has actually taken place with another manager familiar with the Premier League.
Football Insider reported this week that the Toffees have formally interviewed ex-Wolves boss Nuno Santo for the vacant role.
A source close to the club confirmed to FI that he was the leading contender ahead of David Moyes, someone Bill Kenwright is intent on seeing back at Goodison Park.
Crystal Palace were also interested in hiring Nuno but after a deal looked close to completion, the Eagles pulled out of the race, which is obviously a huge boost to Everton’s chances of signing the Portuguese ace.
Trying to lure Nuno to Merseyside has to feel like a clanger from the top brass at Goodison Park.
The 47-year-old took Wolves from mid-table obscurity in the Championship to Premier League stability but his tactics over the last 12 months have lacked flexibility. Thus, it would be a questionable decision if he was to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
Wolves reporter Tim Spiers described Nuno as “special” for the way he lifted the club into the Europa League a few years ago but when it came to bridging the gap to the top six, he was incapable.
Everton have lofty desires of reaching the Champions League again and under Nuno, it’s unlikely to happen.
The Old Gold developed a three-man backline during his stay in the Midlands but once they were found out, he struggled to adjust.
Everton have used that formation on a regular basis and need a manager who is competent when it comes to keeping possessing and using an attacking shape.
The former goalkeeper may well be able to adjust with a different set of players but he proved at Wolves that he’s not particularly flexible when it comes to using different tactics.
Judging by the desires Everton has, interviewing Nuno was somewhat of a mistake. They should consider other options from their hefty shortlist, even if he is now available after the collapse of his move to Palace.