Sam Allardyce has only been Everton manager for less than three months, but it seems that the club are drawing up a contingency plan.
According to the Daily Mail, the Merseyside outfit are keeping tabs on Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca.
The publication claims that the former Porto defender could be hired in the summer if Everton have a bad end to the season under Allardyce.
At the moment, the Toffees reside ninth in the Premier League table on 34 points.
At the weekend, the team earned a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace thanks to goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies.
It was a much-needed win, but only their second in nine top-flight matches, which has put pressure on Allardyce.
Many fans were won over by the experienced coach when he oversaw a seven-game unbeaten league run across November and December.
Now, though, the supporters are considering the prospect of Fonseca taking over.
The rumours target has coached Porto and Braga in his career so far, and has ben in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk since 2016.
— Gareth Davies (@Tweety_McTweety) February 11, 2018
Jus becos he's from Portugal ? His track record patchy at best. The Board should widen their sight…go get Marcelo Gallardo. 🤓
— D Lee (@StoneMaiden7) February 11, 2018
If I remember rightly he was looked at to replace Moyes aswell. Definitely looked at after Martinez so both Kenwright and now Moshiri are very well aware of him. And Moshiri as a close relationship with his agent, Jorge Mendes. We spoke to Fonseca last November…
— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) February 11, 2018
sounds solid, Allardyce has to go
— Trevor P Malcolmson (@trevor_p_malco) February 12, 2018
Please let this happen. Moshiri, give us all hope again. Let us believe again.
— jon hein (@jdhein13) February 11, 2018
— Paul Zumba King 🕺🕺 (@paulw1908) February 11, 2018
Ronald McDonald would do a better job
— @StephenDavid60 (@SteD1960) February 11, 2018
Moshiri is not stupid. He sees and hears what is going on hence the speculation re Walsh as well. I fully expect both gone next season and Fonseca for me but would accept Silva
— Dave (@DaveW_1878) February 10, 2018
I think they already had a deal in place for Fonseca to join us at the end of the season when they appointed Allardyce. Walsh will go as well
— Alan Slinger (@Spizzle81) February 10, 2018