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BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty believes Borussia Monchengladbach manager Marco Rose should be amongst the top candidates to replace Marco Silva.
Marco Silva is under immense pressure at Everton, with the club sat inside the relegation zone on just seven points from eight games. As a result, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has reportedly given the Portuguese the next three games to try and save his job on Merseyside.
Up next for Silva is the visit of West Ham United and then the trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, before they clash with bottom of the table Watford in the Carabao Cup.
Speaking about potential replacements for the Portuguese, McNulty stated: “Marcel Brands, Everton’s director of football, is a keen student of the European game, so could the longer term choice come from overseas?
“Marco Rose has guided Borussia Monchengladbach to the top of the Bundesliga in the early stages his first season and did so well at Red Bull Salzburg, and has a glittering reference from Klopp. Or perhaps there may be a candidate from Brands’ native Netherlands?”
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Regardless of whether or not Silva can pass his three-game trial in the next few weeks, the 42-year-old may already be on borrowed time at the club, and as a result, it is wise that Brands chalks up a shortlist right now.
Rose would, as McNulty suggests, be a magnificent signing should he replicate what he has done in his homeland. Currently, the 43-year-old leads the way at the top of the table in the Bundesliga, with Monchengladbach losing just one game and sitting a point ahead of regular champions Bayern Munich.
Only Wolfsburg have conceded fewer goals than Rose’s side this season, with his men letting in just six goals in seven games.
There has also been the mention of Eddie Howe, who McNulty states is a boyhood Evertonian. This may add to the chances of luring him away from Bournemouth, although it does seem that Howe is settled on the south coast, with no reports of his desire to leave.
For now, Silva will remain. But there are many managers like Howe and Rose, out there under the age of 44 with proven ability. Brands should seriously consider some of these names.