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Pellegrini and Garcia the latest names linked to Everton manager search

| Thursday, 10 June 2021 95comments  |  Jump to last
Manuel Pellegrini and Rudi Garcia have joined the long list of managers to have been linked with the vacancy at Goodison Park.

MailSport have floated the claim that Everton have made contact with intermediaries of the ex-City and West Ham boss who is currently in charge at Real Betis.

Pellegrini was unceremoniously sacked by West Ham following a dreadful spell in East London and was replaced by David Moyes.

Meanwhile, L'Equipe report that the Blues have reached out to Garcia who has just left Lyon after two seasons with the Ligue 1 club.

The 57-year-old has held a number of coaching jobs since joining Saint-Étienne 20 years ago, having also had spells with Dijon, Le Mans, Lille, AS Roma, and Marseille.

Sources in France continue to report that Christophe Galtier will be joining Nice after giving their owners a verbal acceptance of their offer to take him on following his decision to leave Ligue 1 champions, Lille.

There has also been a bizarre, left-field suggestion from Turkey that the Everton hierarchy have approached Fatih Terim who once managed AC Milan before being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti in 2001.

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Michael Boardman
1 Posted 10/06/2021 at 19:42:52
??? I took a deep breath before I saw Susan Boyle today; this has to be more newsworthy than the above, please, it really has to be
Dale Self
2 Posted 10/06/2021 at 19:47:55
Does Riquelme have his badges?
Michael Boardman
3 Posted 10/06/2021 at 19:49:51
I believe Riqelme can park anywhere in the Goodison area Dale.
Roger Sunde
4 Posted 10/06/2021 at 20:07:28
I guess the media is running out of names to get clicks on.
Justin Doone
5 Posted 10/06/2021 at 20:11:04
Pellegrini, no way.
Garcia, possibly, better than the other two mentioned.
Terim, I know nothing of but no thanks.


Who's currently managing Monaco?
Get him, bring in some of their youngsters, there about due to bring through another top player, so let's pounce whilst they are cheap.

John Graham
6 Posted 10/06/2021 at 20:30:06
Looks like either all of the newspapers are making clowns out of us or we’re making clowns out of ourselves, I believe the later is probably the right answer.
As has been mentioned many times we are a club without a style identity.
We need to know what style of play we want to go with and then get the managers who play that style on a short list.
Forget the old doddering managers and bring in someone at least under 50.
If we are totally unsure of who to bring in then give big Dunc a chance with Cahill as his second in charge, they would sort out any issues and get the most out of the players we have.
Will Mabon
7 Posted 10/06/2021 at 20:41:05
"Linked" - that tenuous, vague and unsupported concept beloved of the football media for decades.


Roger @ 4 - agreed.

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:05:45
Get Zidane to show Carlo that we are just as big as Real Madrid!!
Bill Gienapp
9 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:06:03
Pellegrini's tenure with West Ham was basically the poor man's version of Silva's tenure with us.

As for Galtier, it would be fitting if we ended up pursuing the one manager willing to honor a verbal agreement.

Gaute Lie
10 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:20:21
Anyone younger??
Barry McNally
11 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:30:16
I'd rather San Pellegrino.
Hugh Jenkins
12 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:31:50
As I've said elsewhere, if they are still breathing and have any managed a football club, at any level, they are in the "mix", at least as far as the oress is concerend.

Hopefully, the board will soon make an announcement and put us all out of our misery.

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:33:22
Is Roly Howard the former Marine manager still going, he might be worth a shout!!
Dale Self
14 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:41:43
That's it, I'm lighting another candle on my Dave Watson shrine.
Anthony A Hughes
15 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:51:26
Getting close to a full-blown shit-show, Blues!!!!
Peter Mills
16 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:54:21
Dave#13, the current Marine manager is Neil Young. His namesake wrote my favourite rock lyrics:

“You're all just pissin' in the wind.
And there ain't nothing like a friend
who can tell you
you're just pissin' in the wind”

There's a place for him at our club.

Anthony A Hughes
17 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:55:17
Surely we have a list of preferences, Pellegrini must be way down at about No 20...
Anthony A Hughes
18 Posted 10/06/2021 at 21:57:57
Excuse my ignorance but Rudi fucking who?
Dale Self
19 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:07:26
Took over at Olympique Maresille after Bielsa, at Roma a couple of seasons back. Lyon the last season and a half. Took over from Sylvinho who crashed the car and took Lyon past Juventus and Man City in Champions League last year. 5-3-2 is his preference which would fit with our present squad's limited capability.

I think it was Juninho that pissed off Aouar with some disciplinary move for not wanting to do the warm down after a match in which he did not play so maybe he's on good terms with Rudi and we'd take a midfielder of that quality. Garcia's a bit of a wild card but with the others in contention he is not easily dismissed.

Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:12:16
Peter (16), yes there quite a few of us who are “ just pissing in the wind” I haven’t got a clue who will end up as manager,well I have had a little hint but it wouldn’t be very popular if he comes, Benitez!!
Brian Williams
21 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:14:33
At least Moyes is out of the running, thank fuck.

Dave, it's NOT Benitez!

Paul Kernot
22 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:15:34
Pete #16. That's exactly what we're all doing at the moment. Another week is coming to an end. Surely we'll hear something by Monday at the latest.
Rob Halligan
23 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:29:26
Brian # 21. The teary eyed one will be crying into his horlicks tonight!
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:38:24
Pete #16, haha!
Andrew Grey
25 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:41:02
Odds are now shortening on Howe, Garcia, Benitez and Galtier.

Howe is the new favourite.

Ted Donnelly
26 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:48:49
Zidane. I know I'm dreaming but it's allowed innit!!
Matthew Williams
27 Posted 10/06/2021 at 22:50:56
Please forgive me, Blues, but sometimes I think we deserve relegation.

It's gone way beyond a joke, this appointment.

Jay Wood

28 Posted 10/06/2021 at 23:04:14
Spurs sacked Mourinho nearly 8 weeks ago. Still looking for a manager.

Wolves knew a month ago Nuno Santo was leaving and have just appointed a manager.

Everton were taken by complete surprise by Ancelloti leaving for Real Madrid just 8 days ago.

Believe all the click bait stories and betting odds you like. I for one am happy Everton is taking a measured and considered approach rather than recruit the first manager they sound out on a whim.

Jerome Shields
29 Posted 10/06/2021 at 23:06:29
We all can speculate as much as we want. But it has been already decided when Ancelotti realised that the club was going in a different direction than him. They wanted a mid-table manager who would just achieve Premier League survival, not one like him who was challenging them.

There is not going to be a manager to change Everton into a Top 4 club or even a European competitor. Just a safe pair of hands and the small empires can pay homage to the Big Empire and everyone can continue as always, not having too much of both.

Moshiri will probably sack the Manager anyway in the season after the first season and the whole merry-go-round will start again. Everton's Groundhog Day.

Rudy Chinchilla
30 Posted 10/06/2021 at 23:07:10
Of all the names "linked," I'd prefer Galtier, but Rudi Garcia's not a bad shout. I wanted him a few years ago too after his spell at Roma. Got two consecutive second-place finishes before being, in my opinion, harshly sacked in his third season, in fifth place but only seven points from first. Did decently at Marseille and Lyon, including some shock wins last year in the Champions League.
Rob Halligan
31 Posted 10/06/2021 at 23:12:39
Jay, you've basically said what I was just about to post.

Ten days ago, we had a manager. Nine days ago, the manager, totally unexpected, jumps ship to return to a former club, leaving us in total limbo. And some expect the board to appoint the first name thrown at them by the press.

A bit like Ancelotti, I will be patient enough with the club, within reason, considering the transfer window is open, to appoint a new manager, but it has to be done sooner rather than later. We can't let this drag on much longer, but the idea of appointing a successor within the first week is just laughable. Some call the club a joke. Seems some fans are more the joke.

Fran Mitchell
32 Posted 10/06/2021 at 23:13:27
I'd be happy with Garcia. But this is all just silly season stuff now.

Over the weekend, we'll be linked with Big Phil Scolari, Kevin Keegan, and Dominic Cummings.

Thank god the Euros are starting and we can ignore all things Everton until the inevitable failure against France in the quarterfinals.

Stephen Vincent
33 Posted 10/06/2021 at 23:16:44
Jerome #28,

So Moshiri has invested the best part of £500M in the hope that he could achieve mid-table mediocrity, he could have achieved that without sacking a single manager.

Colin Glassar
34 Posted 10/06/2021 at 23:17:45
Anyone got a clue when the first shovel goes into the ground? It's all gone a bit quiet on the BMD front recently. Is all this managerial merry-go-round a distraction by any chance?
Bill Gienapp
35 Posted 10/06/2021 at 00:16:16
Andrew (25) - for all that Howe's name gets thrown around, has there ever been a concrete link in terms of the club having actual interest in him?

Jay (27) - spot on. 99% of this stuff getting thrown around is just empty speculation. About the only thing we know for sure is that the club met with Nuno – and why wouldn't they? He's available, has Premier League experience, and had success with Wolves. It makes sense to talk to him. Doesn't automatically make him the front-runner.

Jerome (28) - speaking of merry-go-rounds, I seem to remember these exact same posts when we were linked with Ancelotti and people said it would never happen because we were just looking for "a mid-table manager looking to achieve Premier League survival."

Mark Andersson
36 Posted 11/06/2021 at 00:23:49
Collin its not a spade but a bucket that will be the first thing used..
Jason Broome
37 Posted 10/06/2021 at 00:31:24
Mourinho needs a job... Haha.
MK Sopt
38 Posted 11/06/2021 at 02:15:11
Sky bet odds are now 1/2 for Coach Ted Lasso from AFC Richmond
Vijay Nair
39 Posted 11/06/2021 at 03:05:02
MK (38) is he bringing Obisanya and Rojas with him?
Paul Ferry
40 Posted 11/06/2021 at 03:33:44
' bit like Ancelotti I will be patient enough with the club'.

Seriously,Rob, you think Ancelotti was 'patient' with Everton?

If that conversation you posted a few days ago was even half-true, then Ancelotti was not 'patient' with Everton.

Far from it and I suspect that I am not alone in being extremely disappointed with someone who I put a lot of faith in.

Ancelotti has put us in this unexpected mini-crisis. Nobody else. Who knows it might end up a blessing and we come up with the perfect fit. But none of us know that at the moment and we at Everton have been put in an unenviable tricky situation.

We all need 'patience' right now (but a week is too long for some knee-jerkers) not the impatience' that was leading Signor Ancelotti in only one direction.

Paul Kernot
41 Posted 11/06/2021 at 04:28:04
I'm the coach of 3rd division FC Nelson in NZ. We won the league last season. Where do I send mt CV?
Christine Foster
42 Posted 11/06/2021 at 05:46:35
Paul 40* Have watched a couple of games at Guppy park I think it was, against Richmond (?) a few months back before I came up North a couple of months ago, if I had known I would have said hello! Keep the faith!
David Ellis
43 Posted 11/06/2021 at 05:57:05
Why are people saying this is a "shit show" or "beyond a joke"? Or that they are dismayed by the inclusion of X or Y in the "shortlist"?

It's a critical position. It can take weeks or months. Saying we need to get it fixed by Monday is ludicrous. We really don't. It's more important that we get it right.

As for the shortlist, we don't know whose on it. The names in the media are mostly just journalistic puffery that anyone of us could have dreamt up. Follow it by all means but please don't get angry with the club for something invented by journos.

Colin Glassar
44 Posted 11/06/2021 at 07:17:22
Condolences to the Moyes devotees. He's signed a 3-year contract with West Ham Utd!!!

He's not coming back,
He's not coming back,
David Moyesie, is not coming back.


Andrew Ellams
45 Posted 11/06/2021 at 07:32:11
Jason @ 36, fortunately he doesn't. He's the new Roma coach.
Eddie Dunn
46 Posted 11/06/2021 at 07:43:23

There is certainly not a conspiracy at our club with the intention of keeping us mid-table. What is actually happening is the team's form dropped off as the season came to its close, due to a half-arsed effort on behalf of the players and manager.

The club, the Board, Moshiri, Kenwright, et al would have jumped for joy at any European qualification. The club has simply been held back by the decisions made in recruitment, providing the manager with the likes of Bernard and Iwobi, Delph and Gomes. Clearly we had too little quality and not enough creativity, plus we had no decent cover when key players were injured.

Add to this the behind-the-scenes struggle between manager, Board and Director of Football (which is common) and we can clearly see that these conflicts of policy affected our results.

Whoever comes in will have to know clearly what the transfer policy is going to be. Younger, hungrier players (Brands) or established internationals willing to take a step down for the money or the "project". I think the latter has backfired.

I think the "Cock-Up" theory fits us.

Jerome Shields
47 Posted 11/06/2021 at 08:07:52
Eddie #45,

That's not what I am saying. They believe at Everton that they are a Big Club, that they should be in the Top 4 and Europe, that they have the School of Science and the long-term personnel right through to club to deliver. This has been reinforced repeatedly. But the actual truth is they are not a Big Club, will not get into the Top 4, the School of Science is in titles only, long-term personnel are not up to the job, and the club is not able to deliver.

A sense of entitlement prevails at the club, rather than effort, adaptability and determined application. This runs right through the club, a Big Blue streak from Chairman to players. There is a big difference between persistence and determination. Don't tell them it's going to be midtable as usual, because that is the only type of manager they are comfortable with, one without a big management team. Hope I have made myself clearer, Eddie.

Bill #34,

When they are looking for a manager, they are looking for the best manager. It's when the manager arrives that the midtable process begins and he finds that their terms prevail. Even Guardiola would find the same. The problem is that, after Ancelotti's tenure, such top calibre managers will smell a rat, so obvious midtable managers are the only ones available, unless Moshiri can pull one out of the hat. But it will be the same as usual when he gets back to Finch Farm.

Rob Dolby
48 Posted 11/06/2021 at 08:09:37
It has been over 1 week and we have interviewed Nuno, a guy that spent a fortune and took his club backwards to the point Wolves fans were happy to see him go. They want attacking football.

We are at a crossroads in the Moshiri reign. If we appoint Dyche, Potter, Howe or the like, it indicates mid-table mediocrity beckons and the purse strings tightened. If we appoint a high-profile manager like Conte, Ten Hag, it indicates Moshiri seriously want to progress the team.

Whoever we do appoint needs to get moving in the transfer market which is already complicated due to the Euros. Otherwise, it's another wasted season on the cards.

Dan Nulty
49 Posted 11/06/2021 at 08:10:01
The main positive to come out of all this is that clearly the journos don't have a clue what is going on and are just guessing to get us to click on stories that they have clearly made up.

It shows that not only are there clearly tight lips and trustworthy people who know what is going on but also that they have asked potential candidates to also not say anything to anyone.

Whilst they don't always get it right, they do try and run it professionally I feel.

Tony Abrahams
50 Posted 11/06/2021 at 08:20:10
Even the Liverpool Echo, Dan, because I've just read a report that they haven't spoken to Benitez, and from what I've heard this is definitely not true.

The rumours circulating now also suggest that Everton have another man involved in these interviews besides the three amigos, but I agree the club are doing well by keeping everything close to themselves, which either means one of two things: the press are guessing, or Everton, must be interviewing a few different candidates.

Jerome Shields
51 Posted 11/06/2021 at 08:25:02
Tony #49,

Could it be Kiavash "Kia" Joorabchian?

Danny O’Neill
52 Posted 11/06/2021 at 08:27:14
I agree. We have to remember this took us from the left flank so we were not prepared and we're having to react initially rather than it being a considered succession plan.

The silence is, I hope, an indication the club is being professional and trying to get this one right and explore every option. That's creating the media "shoot from the hip" speculation on a daily basis.

Much to the detriment of my sleep, the dogs' welfare and my relationship with my wife, this may well drag on for a couple of weeks yet.

But happy with that as long as we get it right.

Ian Pilkington
53 Posted 11/06/2021 at 08:33:14
Colin @43,

That's the only good news we've had since we won at Anfield. Kenwright to resign now please.

Martin Reppion
54 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:13:37
The worry for many is that, without a manager or head coach appointment, we will be in a weak position in the transfer market.

There is a history of problems with players signed either just before a manager left or when we didn't have one (record fee paid for a defender Slaven Bilic being one that didn't work out).

We have to get the best available fit as a manager, whoever that is. And we have to sign players in the way we did last year. By that I mean 2-3 year deals with options rather than 5 years top dollar to sit on their arses.

For a player to come to us without having to offer him an unrealistic package, he would need to know how he fits in the manager's plans.

I think that that is the reason so many of us are frustrated that we haven't had an appointment yet. Although I agree with those who are calling for a measured approach. The typical schizophrenia of being a blue.

Robert Tressell
55 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:14:57
Jerome # 46 - there's a lot of things dragging us towards mid-table. As you say, we could appoint Pep and find ourselves in much the same place as we were under Silva etc.

So far under Moshiri I'd describe us as pretending to be big club without the spending / recruitment / strategy to back it up.

We've spent plenty - much more than Liverpool, Leicester and WHU on a net basis in the last 5 years (less than Liverpool gross because they reinvest by selling players with resale value).

But our strategy has been all over the place with vanity signings to keep up the big club pretence and lots of interference, leaving us with a deteriorating dysfunctional squad.

This misalignment between the powers that be and bad strategy creates a gravitational pull to mid-table for whoever is manager.

Dave Abrahams
56 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:30:06
Brian (21) 1p. bet, on Benitez. I won’t be surprised if you back down!!
Paul Whittaker
57 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:36:52
Whoever we get in, it doesn't really matter – recent history tells us we will finish somewhere between 8th and 12th.
Len Hawkins
58 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:43:02
We need a manager who can:

Speak to the players at their level.
Really get his point across.
Is English and is an expert at getting his wingers to fallollapy down the fundermold and crossy crossy into the boxmold.

Yes, Stanley Unwin is the man.

Brian Harrison
59 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:45:15
Some more names added to the list I think the Echo have had about 9 or 10 earmarked to become our next manager. I don't think anyone has any idea and that includes our board. The only good thing is I watched Vinny O'Connor from Sky Sports News outside Finch Farm last night saying he thought it highly unlikely we would appoint Benitez.

Maybe this board are trying to convince us that there taking their time to pick the right man. Who knows... they may actually get it right this time. For me there are 2 prime candidates Conti and Galtier, both just won their national leagues and both available, so why not go and get one of them. The rest on the lists were interested in have won nothing and done nothing,

Alan McGuffog
60 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:56:34

Superb, although your idea may be over the heads of some of our fellow contributors. And we could ditch Z-Cars and run out to a tune from Ogden's Nut Gone Flake!

Pete Clarke
61 Posted 11/06/2021 at 09:58:42
Nobody (apart from Eddie Howe) really wants the Everton job. The only reason we will actually get one is because of the stupid money on offer.

I would actually welcome Eddie Howe as I think the work he did in keeping a club like Bournemouth up for so long went unnoticed. He was hardly likely to attract any big names there but he still managed to hold his own for a few years and had his team playing better football than we have seen for decades at Everton.

So, given the names being touted for the job, it's either going to be a manager who cares, like Ferguson, Martinez or Howe, or a mercenary like Benitez, Moyes or Rogers.

Not exactly enlightening, no matter which way you look at it.

Dave Williams
62 Posted 11/06/2021 at 10:04:01
Some very sensible comments on here to dampen down the rest. This is a major appointment which will hopefully guide us through the period leading to the opening of BMD and we have to get it right.

No business should make a panic appointment of a guy who will have a big say in spending many millions of pounds of the owners money and the time taken to date really is the bare minimum required. Interviews have to take place and it is clear from the various press reports that they don't have a clue who the next one in will be.

I would guess that we will hear by the middle of next week so that the new guy can get to work on transfers with Brands. Hopefully the interview process will focus amongst other things on a man who can work with Brands with the same philosophy of bringing in some youth as we just haven't got the money to buy a team even if FFP allowed it. If we can get the manager and Brands singing from the same sheet, it will be a good start!

Ian Burns
63 Posted 11/06/2021 at 10:29:15
There are some miserable posts on this thread!

I feel sorry for whoever is appointed because he will be called a mid-table manager and if he only achieves mid-table there will be shouts for him to be beheaded.

Enjoy the ride the journos are taking us on and maybe one or two of us might be happy when the appointment is finally made. Of course, some of us won't be happy, will we?

Pat Kelly
64 Posted 11/06/2021 at 10:35:34
We know absolutely nothing for a fact other than no appointment has been announced. Newspaper columns have to be filled. This time next week, all the speculation could be over and then we can hang the new guy out to dry.
Thomas Richards
65 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:06:11
Could they be waiting for a manager who is at the Euros?
Pat Kelly
66 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:12:14
Sky Sports now reporting Everton to offer contract to Paul Kernot, Head Coach at FC Nelson.
Barry Hesketh
67 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:23:28
I don't care who the new manager is, what his history with his previous clubs is, or whether he is or isn't a marketing manager's dream.

The job of the newly appointed manager, is to produce a better style of football than we've witnessed for the last few years and to try and win as often as possible. many of us realise that we are some distance behind those that we'd like to replace at the top end of the league, we also know it's unlikely that Everton will suddenly become a force to reckon with next season.

If the new boss can instill a work ethic into all of the players and a less rigid style of play, more often than not, that will do for starters, we can build from there. We can't afford another season of dire football from the 'unwatchables'. There has to be some sort of identity to the make-up of the side, that the fans can get behind and at least recognise as it being an Everton team and not merely a collection of blokes wearing the same coloured shirts.

I also hope to see the last of the term 'Everton project' as if it is something bright, shiny, and new, because Everton FC has been an ongoing project since 1878.

Andrew Ellams
68 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:23:45
I don't read too much from the football media on other clubs. Are they throwing this many names at the Spurs story?
Tom Harvey
69 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:32:27

The press are scraping around the bottom of the barrel, I wouldn't be surprised if Ron Atkinson was the next name mentioned.

Simon Jones
70 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:41:44
Other than Galtier, I've not heard a name yet that I'd prefer to Big Dunc getting the job.
Christopher Timmins
71 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:45:10
Peter # 59

It's simply not an attractive job at the moment. A sleeping giant with a fan base who still have high expectations but with a playing staff that are not good enough. It will take time to sort out the squad and those from the blue half of the city are not known for their patience.

I have no idea who the new manager will be but I will be amazed if any manager who is currently dong well in their current role would dream of jumping ship to take on the job. That rules out Moyes for one.

Eddie Howe would not be my choice but as I have stated on numerous occasions recently if he gets the job I will support him and wish him well.

Tom Bowers
72 Posted 11/06/2021 at 11:48:02
There will be familiar candidates for the Everton job as it goes with a big salary etc. etc.
However Everton have to be careful not to get taken in by another big name quitter like Ancelotti.

Personally, I wouldn't mind a good old-fashioned British guy like Sean Dyche.

The trend these days is to get a foreigner who has some player connections from his own country although Klopp seems to be an exception.

I suppose Ancelotti jumped ship because the lure at Real Madrid was far greater than the prospect of another season at Goodison with all the crap in the squad still likely to be hanging around next season and let's face it many of Everton's performances were absolute crap.

I do hope that Moshiri ignores many of the names mentioned so far especially the likes of Pellegrini, Benitez and Moyes.

Brendan McLaughlin
73 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:09:13
Andrew #67,

There have been a few names linked with the Spurs job but certainly nothing compared to the vacant Everton post. Perhaps that's because Fonseca appears to be heading to Spurs & is the very short priced favourite but it's been like that for a while now and nothing official yet.

Tony Abrahams
74 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:09:37
Sorry Jerome, but I should have said five men, because I'd forgotten about Kia, who I'm sure is nothing more than a middleman, being used to contact the managers getting interviewed, which is probably the way most things are done in football right now?

I heard it was Kia, who got in touch with Benitez, even though Marcel Brands only lives next door but one to the Spaniard, so maybe it's just Everton actually being professional, or someone telling me lies!

Martin Berry
75 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:12:41
"Englebert Humperdink"!

Well, you all want a big name! Surprised he has not been mentioned as most others have by now.

Barry Hesketh
76 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:18:15
Champions Manchester City - Foreign Manager
Runners-up Manchester United - Foreign Manager
Champions League winners Chelsea - Foreign Manager
Leicester City FA Cup winners - British Manager
West Ham ECL qualifiers - British Manager
Spurs European Qualifiers - mostly foreign Manager for last season
Arsenal - Foreign Manager

Why is Klopp an exception? I believe I'm correct in stating that the last English-born manager to lift a trophy was Harry Redknapp with Portsmouth back in 2008. Ron Atkinson, Joe Royle, Roy Evans, Steve McClaren and Brian Little also led their teams to 'glory' mostly in the League Cup competition, since the inception of the Premier League.

Andy Crooks
77 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:20:43
Tom @ 68. no barrel bottom has been reached whilst David O'Leary's name is missing.
Gary Willock
78 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:21:11
Can't win from any angle at the moment:

Appoint quickly = risk of getting it badly wrong.
Take our time = risk of missing transfer opportunities.

Even a short delay makes it unlikely that Duncan will get the job. If he was ready, it'd have been a 'no brainer' and the accompanied rallying cry of "we know what we want, and we already have it!!" would have brought all but a few of the usual moaners together behind him. Think we've missed this boat.

I also think another week or so and the likes of Howe and Nuno become increasingly hard to appoint too. Given both are immediately available it will start to look like they only got it when others couldnt be found, or they made 'big demands'. both are bad feet to start on.

Given it looks like Galtier is keeping his word with Nice, Moyes is staying in London (Thank god) and Terim and Pellegrini are old enough to be great grandads already (let alone when we enter BMD), then the options really start to decrease a bit.

Potter, Benitez, Lampard, Garcia

All of them have big risks. Maybe it comes down to who is prepared to coach Marcels buys, accept the big man as a number 2, and encourage the likes of Richie and James to stick around (or be a real youth developer if that's already a dead duck).

Andrew Ellams
79 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:22:51
Martin @ 74.

He's not worth the effort, by Christmas he'll be screaming 'Please Release Me'

David Nicholls
80 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:41:32
Tom @ 71
Sean Dyche isn’t a bad shout. I think what he’s done with Burnley, who I would wager have had the lowest budget of any prem team each season, is very under-rated
Jerome Shields
81 Posted 11/06/2021 at 12:50:08

Of course you are hearing rumours, but I would not discount anything you say since you are on the ground and could be talking to people who know. This has in my experience been the case before when you have posted what you heard.

I doubt it is Usmanov since would be very risky if it was proved, but it was rumours intially that it was him who was involved talking to Ancelotti in the early stages.

I think you are right regarding Kia.


Simpler and effectively expressed. For me the big picture that is emerging that Everton is investment vehicle for Moshiri/Unsmanov traveling from A ( a discounted purchase with a ready made operation acceptable to the authorities) to B( increased value and the bonus of a Docklands Development).

The speed they are travelling at is slower and more expensive than expected , but they might get a lucky shortcut , as they see it. They are still. on track and happy with the initial investment and have Brands in waiting as probably the next Chairman to keep the same show on the road , avoiding any rocks in the way.

Iain Latchford
82 Posted 11/06/2021 at 13:06:29
Everton had budgeted to pay Ancelloti £11m a season for another couple of years. I'm sure if they offered Galtier the same they would get their man. I can't imagine Nice would pay him anything like that.
Ray Roche
83 Posted 11/06/2021 at 13:06:46
David @79

Dyche has, I think, just signed a new three year contract, thank God.
A bald Allardyce.
Robert Tressell
84 Posted 11/06/2021 at 13:19:18
Martin #53. That's a good point. The worst about buying late is the lack of pre season together means it takes much longer to gel. Disadvantage for the new coach posdibly.

I suppose the saving grace may be that a lot of recruitment will follow the Euros, giving us a bit of extra time.

I'd also hope that the new players will be signed for the new manager, not by him. So Brands could go early with some signings in theory. The more practical difficulty is persuading someone to come to a club without a manager

John Hall
85 Posted 11/06/2021 at 13:38:14
Barry @ 66 You hit the nail right on the head there mate.

Great post

James Marshall
86 Posted 11/06/2021 at 14:19:39
Blah blah blah.

That's all it is, nobody knows anything, the newspapers just make it all up and each follows the other with their 'exclusive' story and round & round it goes. So called journalists have about as much of a clue about who's going to get the gig as we do.

Everyone has an opinion, nobody has a clue.

In happy news though, at least dithering Davey has signed a new contract at West Ham and won't be seen anywhere near Woodison, sorry I mean Goodison.

None of this talk will mean anything until it's announced, so I'm just going to kick back and try to enjoy the Euros without thinking about Everton.

Justin Doone
87 Posted 11/06/2021 at 14:24:40
The current Monaco manager is Niko Kovac.

Steal him and some of their youngsters, let's pounce whilst they are cheap. Just a thought.

The whole point of having a director of football is for the continuity they bring when managers and coaches leave.

Richard Cusworth
88 Posted 11/06/2021 at 14:56:48
The speculation and waiting is certainly frustrating...reality is no-one knows. My only hope is this is Brands's decision. We need to move away from this Holywood idea of big name Managers and big name players. We are a mediocre mid-table team and I think we have to service that reality (or risk repeat of what's just happened) but without losing that ambition to reach higher. Every Manager will be a risk. I just want a team with an identity as a starting point...and one that is aggressive and on the front foot at that and where Manager and DOF are on the same page. There is no quick fix here and maybe Moshiri has been guilty of trying to skip the necessary development stages to get where we want to be. The Managerial answer...who knows. I am consigned to the long haul so Ferguson or Potter might be my preferences but neither have the experience or track record when it comes to either Managing or Managing at such a big club with expectations above where FFP will allow us to get to in the short term. On the other hand the Managers mentioned from abroad would have to learn the league, and maybe the language. Who-ever it is for me we need commitment, passion, a style of play that gets you off your seat (and for the right reasons not for a 5-4 score approach), patience and loyalty to the cause and very broad shoulders!!! Not much to ask for hey. It just needs to be joined up and instigated by Brands and not a committee
Danny O’Neill
89 Posted 11/06/2021 at 15:59:02
That's key to the DoF model Justin @86 and something that's alien to us, and I don't just mean Everton.

A bit like zonal marking, if you get the right players in place, it should in theory work better than man-for-man marking.

The DoF model should in theory ensure that there is a transfer strategy to bring in players and develop players. Within reason, it then becomes irrelevant who the manager or head coach is and the impact of changing them becomes less of an impact.

Look at Chelsea. Look at Man City. Continuously changing coaches. But continuously winning titles and trophies.

If we get that appointment right or let him do his job, we sort out the playing staff both in terms of transfers and revamping the academy to provide better quality.

Geoff Williams
90 Posted 11/06/2021 at 16:46:35
Some of these rumours are simply lazy journalism. Very few people know what is going on, it is a case of wait and see. My son's friend's girlfriend has a brother who delivers newspapers to Bill Kenwright's neighbour's brother in law says that Everton are about to appoint a new manager. The man has won consecutive league titles and two cup competitions plus he has champions league experience. Obviously he has to be of a certain age, old, and work outside England to meet Moshiri's criteria to be manager of Everton so my fellow TWers give a warm and hearty welcome to Andy Morrison, manager of Connah's Quay Nomads, Champions of Wales!
Matthew Williams
91 Posted 11/06/2021 at 17:31:51
He's a winner Jeff (twice) and not even big Dunc would spill his pint!.

We've fallen so far and so fast,we can't even do the basics right,we need a gaffer to sort things out from square one,wouldn't bankrupt the club neither and am sure he would be honoured to join us in any capacity,after all even the finest bosses in world football had to start their careers somewhere!.

Rest easy Jeff,am sure Mosh has a cunning plan!?.

Matthew Williams
92 Posted 11/06/2021 at 17:43:20
Sorry for getting your name wrong GEOFF, also might I add that many Blues would like to see Potter as our new Gaffer...remind me,who did he manage before Swansea?.
Jerome Shields
93 Posted 11/06/2021 at 21:13:16
"Everton want a ready-made and experienced manager who could fit straight into their camp and not make too many radical changes. "

Duncan Castles

This source has all the hallmarks of click bait, but I do think it is not far from the truth.

Eric Myles
94 Posted 13/06/2021 at 02:44:01
Jerome #51, more likely to be Chloe Kardashian.
Alan J Thompson
95 Posted 14/06/2021 at 07:53:41
Matthew(#92); I believe it might have been the Norwegian Blues, also known as the Sleeping Giants as they always slept in that position. If he does come to us it will look like a late decision.

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