During an interview with FootballUa, Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca played down reports linking him with a move to Everton.
Sam Allardyce was appointed as Ronald Koeman’s successor in November, and from the off, it was widely assumed that the experienced coach would not be at Goodison Park for the long haul.
The former England boss managed to steady the ship after the Toffees dropped towards the relegation zone, but a winless run of six Premier League matches across December and January resulted in some fans turning against Allardyce.
Fonseca recently emerged as a contender for the position, with numerous reports in the media linking the Shakhtar boss with a switch.
The Sun recently claimed that in order to fend off interest from the Merseyside outfit, the Ukraine-based club have offered their boss a salary of around £8m per year.
However, in an interview with FootballUa, Fonseca has rubbished the rumour and has suggested that the majority of the speculation is wide of the mark.
“I can confirm that most of the stuff being said in the media about me is not true. This [£8m] offer is certainly one of the main examples. These kind of amounts are not true.”
Whether the former Porto player is a top target for the Toffees remains to be seen, but perhaps majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri should rethink anyway.
There is no denying that Fonseca is a decent manager as he has managed to guide Shakhtar to the top of the Ukrainian Premier League with a six-point advantage over the rest of the pack.
However, his lack of experience in the English game could be a concern, and if the Toffees want to be contending for European places, then they could do with someone who understands the demands of the Premier League.
On the other hand, Fonseca oversaw a victory over Manchester City in the Champions League, and even though his team did not progress into the quarter-finals, the manager has proven that he can cope with pressure and expectation.