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3 Managerial Candidates Everton Should Consider To Succeed Carlo Ancelotti

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Everton have recently lost Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid after the Italian tactician led them to a tenth place finish in the Premier League this season. Now the Toffees will be in a race against time to find a suitable replacement for their former manager.

With no European football on offer at Goodison Park, the Merseyside club could struggle to attract the top managerial names this summer. Even then, it is essential that they appoint a new manager soon so that he can come in and make some quality acquisitions so that he has a strong squad capable of challenging for a top-six place in the Premier League next season.

Here are three names Everton should look at if they want to build a competitive team that can compete for some silverware in the coming seasons.

Nuno Espirito Santo

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager is currently available and would be a good fit for the Toffees because of his attractive, high-pressing playing style. The Portuguese head coach has already got a lot of experience of managing in the Premier League. He could do a good job by building on Ancelotti’s ideas and getting the best out of his players at Merseyside.

Nuno has picked up 1.68 points per game after taking charge of 199 matches for Wolves in his previous spell in England. Therefore, Everton would be wise to consider him for their vacant managerial position this summer.

Managerial candidates for the Everton job (Eddie Howe is seen in the photo)
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Eddie Howe

Howe has been away from the managerial hot-seat since parting ways with Bournemouth back in 2020. Just like Nuno Espirito Santo, the English head coach’s brand of football is easy on the eyes. Plus, Howe thrives at working under budget and has a knack for spotting young talent, so there is a good chance that he would be able to make some shrewd additions from the lower leagues and grow them into future stars at Goodison Park

Therefore, the Toffees should consider giving Howe a chance by offering him a short-term contract.

Wayne Rooney 

Wayne Rooney began his playing career at Everton and rose through their youth ranks before going on to become one of the Premier League’s best strikers at Manchester United. Hence, it will be a wholesome moment in Goodison folklore if the Toffees decide to bring Rooney back, but this time as a manager.

The Englishman has no prior managerial experience in the Premier League which makes him a risky option. However, if the Everton owners are willing to give him a chance to build a team for the long run, he could lead them to future glory, similar to how Steven Gerrard has done at Rangers.

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