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Who's Next in the Everton Hotseat?
Following the sacking of Marco Silva, three names have emerged as the most likely candidates to take over the reins at Everton.
The favourite for the job, according to bookmakers, is Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira. He’s by no means a household name on these shores, but has managed some relatively big clubs in Europe: Porto in his homeland, Olympiakos in Greece, and Fenerbahce in Turkey. After a spell at 1860 Munich, which saw them relegated from the second tier of German football, he took charge of Shanghai SIPG in December 2017, leading them to their first Super League title, and reportedly being rewarded with a £30m per year contract offer. Pereira is known to the Everton leadership team, having been interviewed by Chairman Bill Kenwright in 2013, before the job went to Roberto Martinez. But would a man with fat salary demands and a chequered CV appease the success-hungry Evertonians?
Second favourite at the time of writing is David Moyes, who needs no introduction to the Goodison faithful - although it’s been a while since his emotional farewell to the club in 2013. Only Harry Catterick and Howard Kendall have taken charge of more Everton games than Moyes in the post-war era, and he would be a safe option if the aim of the appointment is to see the club through to the end of the season before a permanent manager is found. Anything other than a temporary fix would be unlikely to sit well with the Everton fanbase.
The third name in the mix is Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, a childhood Everton fan, whose love of the game was ignited by their 1984 FA Cup Final win against Watford. Howe seems to be linked with every “bigger” club than Bournemouth when a managerial vacancy arises, but apart from a brief spell at Burnley hasn’t yet moved from the South Coast. He is undoubtedly one of the most promising young British managers, and has performed minor miracles in transforming Bournemouth from a small provincial club to solid Premier League stalwarts, and perhaps the opportunity to fulfil a personal dream would tempt him away from Dorset.
All we know at the moment is that Duncan Ferguson will be in the dugout for the Saturday lunchtime clash with Chelsea - but there will be eyes on the directors’ box to see if any of these names, or other potential candidates for the job, are there to watch the match.
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