With Roberto Martinez’s Everton sacking looking more of a when than if now, Toffees fans are relieved.
The Goodison Park outfit have underwhelmed again this year under the Spaniard and their opening season under him, where they finished fifth, is a very distant memory. The club are in a mini free-fall – they’ve suffered heavy defeats recently against Sunderland, Leicester and Liverpool – and their players look completely bereft of confidence.
The Toffees, however, are an attractive proposition for a new manager. They have good young players with the potential to be world class and a loyal chairman who genuinely wants the best for the club and has brought in new sources of income, then, throw into the mix a vociferous home support all the foundations are there for a very successful club.
It’s a job that many are sure to want and here at FootballFanCast we’ve given you a rundown of the FIVE managers that would be the most suitable for the club…
It’s almost too coincidental that Frank de Boer left Ajax on the same day as Martinez’s sacking from Everton. De Boer dramatically lost out on the league title in the Netherlands with Ajax to PSV Eindhoven on the final day and now seems set to want to try his hand abroad.
He’s one of the favourites for the Goodison Park job among the bookies, and has the ability to nurture good young players, something the Toffees have in abundance.
The Chilean has got somewhat of a raw deal towards the end with Manchester City, but can leave the club with his head held high.
He won the league with the Citizens in 2014 and has two League Cups to his name, and whilst not enough for the Sheikhs, some silverware at Everton would be more than welcome. Another advantage of Pellegrini is that he’s managed clubs like Everton before, who are not expected to challenge for the title but still get good results and Champions League football.
The job Mark Hughes has done at Stoke City is hugely underrated. Replacing Tony Pulis is no mean feat given how entrenched his style of play was at the Britannia, but the Welshman has reinvented the side remarkably well.
The job he’d have to do at Everton would not be as extreme given their commitment to playing the ball on the ground, but Hughes would bring some much needed defensive solidarity to a flaky Everton back four.
Koeman’s stock continues to rise each season. The former Barcelona player has constantly evolved his Southampton side in the face of huge upheavals seemingly every year and is on course for one of Europe’s biggest jobs in the future.
Whether he’d want to go to Everton remains to be seen but they certainly have the foundations to return to the top of the game and Koeman would excel with these resources at his disposal.
Eddie Howe has done brilliantly at Bournemouth and the fact he is in this discussion reflects on his managerial ability.
It may prove too soon for Howe to move away from the south coast club, but if Everton want to build for the future with a manager that would be set to stay for the long haul, there are few better candidates around at the moment than the 38-year-old.