In Focus: Louis van Gaal could prove to be a great Everton appointment

According to reports in The Mirror, the odds have been slashed on former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal being handed the vacant Everton job.

What’s the word, then?

Well, while The Mirror says that Watford boss Marco Silva is still the favourite to finally succeed Ronald Koeman following the Dutchman’s sacking last month, the odds on van Gaal joining the Merseyside outfit have dropped significantly in recent days.

The Mirror says that Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is eager to appoint someone who has experience with a big club and van Gaal certainly comes under that category having taken charge of United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his managerial career.

According to online bookmakers SkyBet, the 66-year-old is as low as 7/2 to get the job and he has jumped ahead of the likes of Sean Dyche and Sam Allardyce in the running.

Why would Everton want van Gaal?

While he perhaps wasn’t the most successful manager the Red Devils have ever had considering his win percentage was 52.43% from 103 matches in charge, the Dutchman is hugely experienced in managing top level clubs teams as well as the Netherlands national side.

There is no doubt that he would command respect from the currently underperforming Toffees players, and he would be able to get them more organised defensively.

Would van Gaal want the Everton job?

He may well want it, yes.

The 66-year-old is likely to feel that he has unfinished business in the Premier League and the fact that the Merseyside outfit look to have a big budget and lots of money behind them could tempt the Dutchman that it would be an exciting project.

Would he be a good appointment?

He certainly has the personality to be popular among the Goodison Park faithful considering some of his antics during his time at the helm of Manchester United, but the main thing would be that he improves performances on the pitch.

Van Gaal could certainly help them to attract the big-name players that they start to want to bring to Merseyside, and he could be a better option than someone like Marco Silva in that respect.