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Everton can become a defensive powerhouse under Steven Gerrard

When it comes to replacing Carlo Ancelotti as Everton manager, it will be a particularly hard task.

The Italian is one of the most decorated managers of the modern era so his exit from Goodison Park will be felt hard by Farhad Moshiri and the club’s hierarchy.

They have shortlisted former Everton bosses David Moyes and Roberto Martinez as they eye a successor while they’ve also considered figures synonymous with the red side of Merseyside.

Rafa Benitez has been linked with the vacancy but a fierce rival of the Toffees down the years is also under consideration from the top brass; Steven Gerrard.

The former Liverpool skipper played 33 times in the Merseyside derby, ending on the losing side in just five of those clashes. He tormented Everton with ten goals and four assists but it’s hard to deny he wouldn’t be a good appointment.

Supporters may not approve of such a rival joining their club but there is one area where the ex-midfielder has thrived since becoming a manager.

Gerrard is currently in charge of Rangers where he recently led them to their first Scottish Premiership crown in ten years. It was a historic triumph for the 41-year-old who guided his team through an entire league season without tasting defeat.

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At the same time, he steered Rangers to the latter stages of the Europa League as he proved he can fight on multiple fronts.

It was a season that saw Sir Alex Ferguson turn against his loyalties to call the Englishman “magnificent.”

It’s hard to argue against that assessment. After all, the defensive record the Gers put together under Gerrard was nothing short of sensational.

This would prove beneficial for an Everton side who shipped 48 goals this term, the third-worst record in the Premier League’s top ten.

Defensive mistakes littered their play, particularly towards the back end of the campaign where Mason Holgate slipped up against Aston Villa and then Ancelotti watched Manchester City dispatch the Toffees 5-0 on the final day.

However, Gerrard could revive Everton in this department because he turned Rangers into a defensive powerhouse.

The Liverpudlian saw his backline concede just 13 league goals as they kept an extraordinary 26 clean sheets. As for their record across every competition, they managed to achieve 34 shutouts.

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Compare that to the Toffees and the difference is night and day. They only kept 12 clean sheets from their 38 league outings this term, a respectable but fairly ordinary tally.

They’ve held talks with Nuno Santo to be their new manager but if they’re looking for a defensively sturdy coach, he cannot be considered. Wolves kept even fewer clean sheets than Everton this term with only ten in the Premier League.

As the Goodison Park outfit harbour ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League, they will need to shore up their backline to have any chance. Gerrard could well elevate their hopes if given the opportunity by Moshiri.

AND in other news, “Exciting” 43 y/o keen on landing Everton job, he’s a better option than Nuno Santo…

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