The search for the Everton managerial job is hotting up each day and a number of names are now doing the rounds all around the papers. The Toffees got rid of Ronald Koeman and have been on the lookout for a new manager since. And according to reports, Everton are pretty keen on Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo. The Championship side have lit up the second tier with some fascinating football and they are currently the team to beat in the English second tier.
They currently are at the top of the Championship table and as far as things stand, Santo could guide them all the way to the top tier. The 43-year-old has reportedly been offered the job to take over at the Goodison Park and is taking his time to make a decision.
Santo’s work at the Molineux has been hugely appreciated and he is adored by the supporters. Snubbing a Premier League managerial offer is not easy but if the manager does that with ease, it would further strengthen his position at the club, irrespective of the club’s stature.
Santo remains a very close friend of agent Jorge Mendes, who also happens to be his representative. The Portuguese super agent is also a close associate of the Wolves’ owners and is also believed to be their business partner. He helped Santo get his current, lucrative job and will obviously have his say in this link with Everton.
U23 coach David Unsworth has taken charge of the team but he is only an interim coach, although a section of the club believes the gaffer could be a worthy successor to Koeman. He guided the reserves to the Premier League 2 title and also players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jonjoe Kenny have made it to the periphery of the first team under his tutelage.
But the club hierarchy doesn’t want to take a risk and want to bring in an experienced manager. Sean Dyche’s name has also been hovering around although Everton are yet to make a formal approach. However, Dyche will be costly as The Clarets will be due for compensation in the range of £2.5m.
Since Farhad Moshiri’s introduction at the club, the Toffees have seen two managerial changes as the Everton owner influenced Roberto Martinez’s removal. Time is running out for the Toffees and they need to make a decision when play will resume after the international break which is scheduled to start after this weekend.
Santo could be a surprise name in the reckoning but he does have the quality to lead this team to safety. Should Everton look no further?