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According to a report in The Mirror, Everton were given a ‘resounding no’ having sounded out former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino for their vacant role.
Well, The Mirror has provided an update on the Merseyside outfit’s search for Marco Silva’s successor, saying that caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson’s win against Chelsea at the weekend has given the board a little more time.
The likes of Vitor Pereira and Leonardo Jardim are on their list according to the report, but one man it appears they won’t be getting is Pochettino despite his recent exit from Spurs.
The Mirror says that the 47-year-old made it clear to the Toffees that he isn’t interested in taking over at Goodison Park.
It was probably always going to be difficult to convince the Argentine to take over from Silva given he is still highly-regarded even if he was sacked by Daniel Levy.
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There is no doubt that he would have been an outstanding appointment for the club too, given the transformation of Spurs he completed – in his first five seasons at least – with the north London outfit.
When Pochettino took over in 2014 the club had just finished in sixth position under Tim Sherwood, and hadn’t qualified for the Champions League since the 2010/11 campaign.
However, the 47-year-old’s high-press style and ability to get the best out of the players he had saw them finish fifth in his first season in charge, before they qualified for the Champions League for four successive years – even finishing second in the Premier League in 2016/17 and reaching the final of Europe’s elite club competition back in May.
He vastly improved players such as Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, while of course Harry Kane’s game went to the next level, too.
The South American is exactly the sort of progressive coach who could perform a much-needed shake-up at Everton, get the players fit and take them to that next step they want to reach just like he did with Tottenham.
Unfortunately for them, he doesn’t want that right now.
In other Everton news, an update on the managerial situation from Dominic King has sent Toffees fans into meltdown…