Everton’s thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, in the Merseyside Derby, forced the hands of the board to let Marco Silva go. Only 18 months into the three year contract, Silva failed to bring Everton above the relegation zone. Currently too Everton, managed by interim, Duncan Ferguson are just 2 points above relegation as they look for potential candidates for the managerial post.
- Mikel Arteta: The current Manchester City assistant coach is also in contention to take over at the helm of his last club Arsenal, but may consider a managerial job with far less pressure at Everton, where he played from2005 to 2011. Arteta is touted for big things in his managerial career, but will look to build on his CV before taking on a huge project. Just like Ole, who previously managed Molde and Cardiff City, before joining Manchester City, Arteta should also choose a low profile job, before taking a post in which he will be thoroughly scrutinized. Being understudy to one of the best managers, Pep Guardiola will surely rub off on Arteta. Guardiola who won trophies and leagues with Barcelona and Bayern Munich and now Manchester City is someone who knows how to make a team win. Arteta’s approach to football will definitely be tinted with Guardiola and that is what several teams may find attractive.
- Carlo Ancelotti: Recently sacked by Napoli, Ancelotti is another high profile manager who can manage Everton. It was said that his representatives may have flown to London amidst Everton talks. Ancelotti has quite an impressive CV with Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Napoli all the teams he has managed. Ancelotti is one of the few managers who have won the Champions League three times, twice with Milan and once with Madrid. Ancelotti changes his formation based on the players at his disposal which makes him a great candidate. He has a defensive approach to the game, but gets the results he wants. Everton at the moment, need to start winning, before they win sensationally.
- David Moyes: Easily one of the last options on Everton’s fans’ list, Moyes previously managed Everton before leaving for Manchester United to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson. He then went on to manage Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham United. Moyes was in charge at Everton for 11 years, from 2002 to 2013 and led Everton to a fourth place finish in 2005. Moyes led Everton to the finals of the FA cup in 2009. Everton transformed themselves into an upper mid table team under Moyes, finishing consistently between 5th and 8th Some Everton fans believe Moyes to be an inefficient manager particularly in terms of transfers and nicknamed him dithering Dave.
- Unai Emery: Sacked by Arsenal, Spanish coach, Unai Emery, is another name thrown into the mix for the Everton job. With a history of managing Valencia, Sevilla and PSG, Emery has a fairly decent record as a manager. In his first stint at Lorca Deportiva, Emery guided them to promotion in his first season and was awarded the Miguel Munoz Trophy. He joined Almeria and promoted them into La Liga for the first time in history. This led to him managing Valencia, were he led the team to consecutive top 3 finishes. At Sevilla, Emery had a successful European run and won 3 Europa League trophies which enabled a move to PSG. In 2016, Emery led PSG to a domestic treble followed by a domestic quadruple in 2017. After the expiry of his contract, Emery joined Arsenal. However after a poor run of results, he was sacked. Everton is however a good match for Emery. After a nightmarish run at Arsenal, it is unlikely that Emery will get another high profile job. Hence a stint at Everton is what will help Emery to get into the spotlight once more.