Scott Murray on 24 October 2017
Yes, well, that Ronald Koeman business didn’t go exactly to plan for Everton. Still, at least the Dutchman can leave the managerial post at Goodison with his head held high, boasting a better win percentage than Mike Walker, Walter Smith, Roberto Martínez, David Moyes, last trophy winner Joe Royle, the legendary Howard Kendall during his second coming, and Thomas H McIntosh who secured a couple of titles and the FA Cup and signed Dixie Dean. Good old statistics! Well done Ronald!
Some poor bugger’s got to follow that. But how? And who? Everton have reportedly identified Thomas Tuchel as their main man, after taking one look across Stanley Park and noting how well things are going for another Borussia Dortmund alumnus. Carlo Ancelotti is also currently kicking his heels having recently done a half-decent job with caveats in the Bundesliga, so he’s on the radar as well, as part of a dream team with Swansea boss Paul Clement no less. And completing a glamorous continental shopping list: the Watford manager Marco Silva.
Keeping it real for Everton in an old-school style: Burnley’s Sean Dyche, ambition’s Ryan Giggs, and their very own under-23 manager David Unsworth, who may be asked to keep things ticking over for the rest of the season while the board get round to having a think.
Dyche is also near the top of a Leicester City managerial wish-list which also includes former Lazio and Argentina midfielder Matias Almeyda, currently in charge of Guadalajara. The Burnley boss certainly has options: he’ll be considered for the West Ham post as well, should Slaven Bilic get himself sacked in the next week or two. However it should be noted that in-demand Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, heavily linked with Bayern Munich, is West Ham’s pie-in-the-sky preference right now, and don’t forget the liquor.
Manchester United are preparing a large bid for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, which kind of scuppers our all-managerial theme today.
And Giggsy would settle for the Leicester job if he doesn’t get the Everton one, either will do, he’s not fussed. Fans of both clubs will be delighted to hear that.