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Everton add Rudi Garcia to their list of candidates

Everton’s search for a new manager could come to a close in the coming days with the Toffees in the final stages of their bid to sign Nuno Santo.

The Portuguese left Wolves a number of weeks ago and is now a free agent.

That being said, things can collapse quickly and Everton must have other candidates primed and ready to enter negotiations.

After all, Nuno was on the verge of joining Crystal Palace before a deal fell through at the 11th hour.

On the chalkboard

The Toffees have been linked with a number of new coaches from Rafa Benitez and Christophe Galtier to Roberto Martinez.

However, the freshest name on their lips is former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia.

The Daily Mail suggested earlier this week that they’d added the 57-year-old to their list of candidates to replace Carlo Ancelotti.

Garcia left Lyon last month after the French side failed to qualify for the Champions League which doesn’t bode enormously well for Everton.

Do you want Rudi Garcia at Everton?

No way!

No way!

Yes please!

Yes please!

That being said, his record prior to this season with them was enormously impressive, meaning he could be a better appointment than Nuno.

He immediately revived the fortunes of Lyon after they won just two of their opening nine matches in 2019/20.

After Garcia entered the camp, he guided them to five wins and a draw in his first eight games in charge.

French football ended up being cancelled due to the pandemic with Lyon in seventh but in cup competitions, they were a team to be feared.

They reached the League Cup final and French Cup semi-final and surpassed all expectations in Europe, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

In the process, he revived the career of a certain Memphis Depay, proving he can get the best from players who need a leg up in order to reach their potential.

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The Dutchman scored 15 in 22 last term before racking up 22 in 40 outings during the course of the current season.

Hailed for his “exceptional” team talks by Lyon CEO Jean-Michel Aulas, he is also a strong motivator and talker in the dressing room. On that evidence, Garcia would be a smart choice for the Everton hierarchy.

He’d certainly be a more exciting option than the inflexible and stubborn Nuno.

AND in other news, Moshiri can make the biggest statement of his Everton tenure by hiring 51 y/o “genius”…

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