Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is looking for his seventh managerial appointment in his chaotic reign as owner at Goodison Park following the sacking of Frank Lampard.
Lampard’s successor would not only have to rescue Everton from a disastrous run of form that left them 19th in the Premier League, but also work with an already sacked owner Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva, Rafael Benitez and now Lampard. .
Who are the names being considered to be Everton’s next manager – and who might be in contention?
Moshiri favors the 67-year-old former Leeds United boss but is understood to have reservations about the timing of the transfer and Everton’s squad, which seems unfit for his very specific purposes.
Bielsa is respected at Elland Road for leading Leeds to the Premier League before being sacked last February after a poor run of results.
The Argentine is believed to be interested in returning to England but any appointment would be fraught with danger on both sides as Bielsa is known for his fitness regimes and all-out attacking style that requires ferocious speed and intensity.
Will he have enough time to impose this method? Will he have the players to enforce this style? Doubtful on both counts.
Ditchie has been regularly linked with Everton but the club have never approached him in the past – what will persuade Moshiri and Director of Football Kevin Thelwell to do so now?
He would, in many ways, represent the confident character needed to get an unbalanced and under-performing Everton side into shape to fight the fight for survival, as his record at Burnley proved.
Dyche is available and would certainly be interested in Everton – although anyone would need to be persuaded to come given the club’s current dysfunctional state – but he will again have to quickly impose his style. And also: Is Al-Mashiri really convinced of it?
Corberan’s name may come as a surprise to many but he has a huge fan following at Goodison Park.
He has certainly been mentioned as a potential successor to Lampard after his impressive start at West Bromwich Albion, guiding them from bottom of the Championship to the playing places since his appointment in October.
The 39-year-old Spaniard led Huddersfield Town to the Championship Final last season, losing to Nottingham Forest, and then returned to England after a short spell in Greece with Olympiacos.
Corbran can be seen as the ‘Belsa Light’, a prodigy who worked with the Argentine at Leeds United and plays in a similar style. It would be a big gamble but he would definitely be interested in jumping up to the Premier League.
Hasenhuttl’s name was discussed at Everton board level when they were looking for a successor to Rafael Benitez a year ago but it was accepted it would be impossible to get him out of Southampton, and the job went to Lampard.
The barrier was removed after the 55-year-old Austrian was sacked in November. Despite the disappointing end to the nearly four-year term of his term, he did well at St. Mary’s.
Hasenhuttl is waiting for his next opportunity and could accept any overtures from Everton.
Rooney turned down the chance to be interviewed to replace Rafael Benitez when he was at Derby County, but the answer would certainly be different now, he is a manager at MLS side DC United based in Washington.
He may appeal to sentimentalists after his two spells as an Everton player but he has no managerial experience at the highest level. He’ll bring passion to the job as an Everton fan, but will he have the knowledge to dig them out of their current deep hole? very dangerous.
Romantics among Everton fans welcome the idea of the cult hero’s return to the club he left in July 2022 to seek a managerial opportunity that has yet to materialize. He worked under seven managers at Goodison Park, but realists noted that his only experience in the main job was two short spells as a jobber – the second to just one match, which he lost.
Ferguson was gambling in the unknown and another on the high-risk gambling list. Will Everton be brave enough to take it? unlikely.
The mere mention of Allardyce’s name would make many Everton fans recoil in horror after he was sacked in May 2018 after a loveless six months at Goodison Park.
This veteran firefighter will point out, however, that Everton finished eighth at the end of his short spell, fortunes compared to their current plight.
flaws? Allardyce was very unpopular with Everton fans at the time, so could a council besieged by protesting supporters have inflamed the situation by returning to him?
He also played his part in Everton’s transfer profligacy by spending close to £50m on strikers Cinque Tosun and Theo Walcott in a single transfer window. Both were expensive flops.
The final solution. extremity. You name it, but it would be a sign of the mess Everton are in if they seriously think about this. of course no.
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The former Wolverhampton boss was interviewed by Everton in the summer of 2021 after he left Molineux, but Rafael Benitez has been beaten into the position. Since then, he has failed miserably at Tottenham, where he was sacked after just four months, and is now the manager of Saudi club Al-Ittihad.
He would be a low-level option, but it will all depend on how far Everton are on their list of options in terms of whether they make a switch for the 48-year-old.
Sources in Spain claim that the 57-year-old, who has a solid reputation but no England experience, was polled by Everton – and that’s before getting to the mess that awaits him at Goodison Park.
Marcelino certainly knows what’s best in Spain having worked at Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia. He resigned in May 2022 at Athletic Bilbao.