In Focus: Hiddink could steady the Everton ship

Everton have sounded out Guus Hiddink as a potential replacement for manager Ronald Koeman, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

David Unsworth was promoted from his role of coaching the Under-23s to take temporary charge of the first team following Koeman’s dismissal.

The former defender has made it clear that he wants the job full-time, but it seems unlikely given that numerous coaches have been linked to the position.

The Mirror claims that Hiddink, who is currently out of work, has been sounded out by the club, while Sam Allardyce is also an option.

The report suggests that if the Dutchman was to be appointed, it would be until the end of the season.

Is Hiddink a good option?

For the long term, it would not make a huge amount of sense to bring in a 70-year-old coach to take the club forward.

Following the arrival of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, the message has been clear that the club aim to push into the top six of the Premier League.

Despite spending more than £100m on new players in the transfer window, the team failed to get off to a good start, winning just two of their nine top-flight matches before Koeman was sacked.

As it stands, Everton are sitting in the relegation zone and following two defeats under Unsworth, the Merseyside outfit are in need of someone to salvage their season.

Hiddink has proven that he can steady the ship, particularly as he did just that when he took over Chelsea for a short term following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The former Netherlands coach could be just the man to keep things in order before a permanent successor to Koeman is appointed at the end of the season.

 


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