In Focus: Walter Mazzarri would be a strange Ronald Koeman replacement

According to reports in The Sun, Everton have lined up a shock move for former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri to be their new manager should Ronald Koeman leave the post.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite their big summer of spending the Toffees have lost four of their opening seven Premier League matches – including the 1-0 defeat by Burnley at Goodison Park on Sunday – and taken just one point from six available in their Europa Leaguue group.

Koeman is under huge pressure from the supporters because of the poor performances on the pitch and despite receiving a vote of confidence from owner Farhad Moshiri on Sunday night, The Sun says that the Merseyside outfit are already looking at potential replacements for the Dutchman.

The Sun says that one of those is said to be Mazzarri, who has been without a job since being sacked by Watford towards the end of last season.

The report adds that the Italian is keen to manage in the Premier League again, and he was contacted following the loss against the Clarets to see if he would be interested in taking over.

Would he be a good appointment for Everton?

It’s difficult to say.

Mazzarri certainly made a good impression during the first half of his season in charge of the Hornets, but seven defeats in the club’s final eight Premier League matches last season saw him get the boot, with Watford ending the campaign in 17th position.

While the 56-year-old has managed Sampdoria, Inter Milan and Napoli in the past, his record at Vicarage Road certainly places some doubt over his credentials, while he also struggled to learn English.

However, The Sun says that is something he is willing to improve as he is keen to return to the Premier League.

What happens next?

Well, Koeman seems as though he has been given the opportunity to turn things around despite the international break being the ideal time to appoint a new manager, but if Everton lose their next match away at newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion it would surely see the Dutchman get the boot.

While Mazzarri would likely be on the Merseyside outfit’s list to replace him, it would certainly be a shock to many if he did end up getting the job.