In Focus: Everton may struggle to convince Nuno Santo to take vacant job

According to Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague on his official Twitter account, Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo is one of the candidates Everton want to succeed Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Toffees are still yet to appoint a permanent replacement for Koeman having sacked the Dutchman last week following a disappointing start to the campaign, and they may have stepped up their search in recent days after caretaker manager David Unsworth lost his opening two games in charge.

Balague says that the Merseyside outfit have contacted Nuno Santo about potentially taking the vacant role having seen how well he has done in the Championship with the Midlands outfit this term.

How well has he done?

Since taking the reins during the summer – and having a helping hand with some of the players his agent, Jorge Mendes, has brought to Molineux – Wolves sit top of the standings having taken 32 points from their 15 league matches.

The way he has gelled a number of new players in with members of the squad that were already there has been admirable, while they have certainly entertained their fans as they are the joint-top goalscorers in the division with 27 goals.

As well as how well the impressive 43-year-old has done with Wolves, he has also managed FC Porto and Valencia in the past and has knowledge and experience of playing in European competition.

The fact that he has adapted so well to his first time as a boss in England will certainly have caught the attention of the Toffees’ board, as they look to turn around a campaign which has been nothing short of a disaster so far considering the money that was spent during the summer.

Would he be keen on the move?

Well, Balague posted later on Wednesday that Nuno Santo isn’t keen on moving right now, but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case if Everton are allowed to talk to him about their ambitions and future plans for the club.

His agent Mendes could have a big say on any potential move, and much could depend on his loyalty to helping Wolves.