Everton still have a chance to land Christophe Galtier as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at Goodison Park.
That’s according to a report by French publication L’Equipe (via Sport Witness), who claimed that the 54-year-old – who recently left Lille after guiding them to the Ligue 1 title – could still be an option for Everton as they seek to appoint Ancelotti’s replacement this summer.
It is reported that, despite Galtier appearing close to taking over at Nice, as well as Farhad Moshiri seemingly close to appointing Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park, there is still a window of opportunity for the Toffees to move for the Frenchman, with whom it is claimed Everton have been in talks about their vacant managerial position.
Considering just how firmly opposed to the potential appointment of Benitez large sections of the Everton fan base appear to be, with many celebrating a recent report linking the 61-year-old to the Fiorentina job, as well as how strongly many fans have backed the club’s links with Galtier – with a #GaltierToGoodison campaign having been started on Twitter – the news that there seemingly remains a chance of the club moving for the Frenchman this summer is sure to leave fans buzzing.
Also, considering the job the 54-year-old did during his three-and-a-half-year stint in northern France, it is unsurprising as to why many Evertonians would love to see the Frenchman, who Jose Fonte dubbed an “excellent” coach, in their club’s dugout next season.
Indeed, having taken over a Lille side which was fighting to stay in the top flight of French football back in late December 2017, Galtier picked up 19 points over the club’s 19 league games that season, seeing them survive relegation by a single point come the end of the campaign.
With the help of director of football Luis Campos, who made a number of highly impressive signings such as Jonathan Ikone, Zeki Celik, Rafael Leao, Renato Sanches, Victor Osimhen, Sven Botman and Jonathan David over the next three seasons, Galtier then led Lille on something of a meteoritic rise. They secured a second-place finish in 2018/19, a fourth-place finish in 2019/20 and finally achieved the almost impossible feat of knocking Paris Saint-Germain off their perch last season by winning the Ligue 1 title.
As such, with Everton looking to break into the top four in the Premier League in a bid to bring Champions League football to Goodison Park, Galtier would appear to be a perfect candidate for this task. We believe that Moshiri must do all he can to convince the 54-year-old of a move to the Toffees this summer, while simultaneously putting a move for Benitez on the backburner.