Recent reports claim that Everton are close to terminating their £115,000-a-week contract agreement with their manager, Sam Allardyce. After spending just 5 months on the chair, the 63-year-old has failed to put together a run of wins, let alone a place in the top six.
With the Toffees being left at the bottom of the pile under Ronald Koeman, Allardyce did succeed in re-establishing the club back to the top half of the table. Much like his earlier work with Sunderland and Crystal Palace, the former England boss has guaranteed safety but nothing else.
Everton were held to a frustrating draw against Liverpool last Saturday and have come within touching distance of Newcastle United and Bournemouth in the 9th spot of the points table. With 6 games still left in the regular season, the Toffees could well be drawn towards a lower spot if their form fails to improve.
Farhad Moshiri had put a plan in place last summer. To invest heavily in the transfer windows and turn the club into a serious title-contender. But after spending close to £182m over the course of the season, the teams looks to have regressed to new heights.
An improvement was anticipated but not this. Obviously, some restructuring needs to take place, starting with the manager himself. Here a few candidates the Everton board should consider as Allardyce’s replacement.
He was on the top of Moshiri’s list earlier in the season when Koeman was sacked. The 40-year-old even had expressed interest in the job which eventually led to him getting fired as the Watford head coach.
There is no need to look anywhere else other than the Portuguese manager. He is young, ambitious and is capable of breaking waves in the Premier League. He showed exactly that with the limited options at Vicarage Road. Imagine what he can do with the resources Everton have.
He too was courted by Everton for the head coach position back in November but Shakhtar Donetsk showed hostility in the form of a £15m compensation bill. However, the 45-year-old’s contract will be up following this season and Everton can capitalise.
He has delivered 2 league titles with the Ukrainian side and the treble in his debut season.
Louis Van Gaal
Sometime around the winter break, the former Manchester United boss claimed that he will one day return to the Premier League and try to ‘get one over’ his former team. Why not do it with this stacked Everton team? He certainly is not short of experience, having managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his managerial career.