Everton are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira to replace their current boss Sam Allardyce. The Toffees are enduring a difficult season despite spending a fortune in the transfer market.
The Toffees were taken over by ambitious owner Farhad Moshiri last year who wasted no time in buying new players in the transfer market. The Toffees were one of the highest spenders in the league and many expected Everton to challenge the top six for a spot in Europe.
However, as it turned out, the Toffees fell short and their manager Ronald Koeman was given the sack. His replacement was Sam Allardyce who steadied the ship upon his arrival. However, even Allardyce failed to provide the attacking football that was being demanded at Goodison Park courtesy of their new players.
The former England boss was left rather hurt by the disappointment of the fans. ‘They’re saying negative football and yet we buy two front men in Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun who for me have delivered the goods,’ Allardyce said.
‘Could our approach play be better? Yes it could, of course it could. Could our football flow more? Yes, yes it could. But after everything that’s happened this year, I appreciate the hard work that the players have done and the improvement that they’ve made.’
Despite saving Everton from relegation threats and giving them a top half finish, Allardyce’s job is not safe at all. It is being reported that Everton are looking for replacements with Patrick Vieira as one of the options to consider.
As for Vieira himself, this is what he had to say when asked about his future last month, ‘I still have, of course, next year. It is going to be my contract at least until the end of the season and then after that, anything can happen.’
‘When your name is linked with big teams in Europe, it’s good,’ he said. ‘That shows that people are following what you are doing and you are doing a good job.’
It seems a matter of time before Everton turn to a new boss and should Vieira be appointed it will definitely be a big jump for him. The Arsenal legend was a player worthy of captaincy throughout his career but coaching from the sidelines can be very different from leading on the pitch. It remains to be seen if he can succeed as a manager as much as he did as a player.