Next Everton Manager?
Why the Everton board need to take their time before appointing Marco Silva as the man to replace Sam Allardyce as the club's new manager.
The start of the manager departures has begun, and it came as no surprise to see Sam Allardyce lose his job at Goodison Park after six months in charge. 'Big Sam' has done what he had to at the club keep the club in the Premier League, but with the supporter unrest towards the former England manager it was clear his days on Merseyside were numbered.
The Everton faithful deserve much more than they have got from the club over the last year, both behind the scenes and on the pitch. The recruitment last summer was overwhelmingly poor and this resulted in a extremely difficult season, with the style and tactics used under Allardyce proving very difficult to watch.
Ultimately Farhad Moshiri has a different vision for this club, and wants it to compete with the elite clubs in England so this next appointment has to be a long term investment for the board. Marco Silva who was the club's first choice to replace Ronald Koeman back in October 2017 and the former Hull and Watford looks to be number one target again if the reports from The Mirror are to be believed.
The ultimate issue with this appointment is has the Portuguese manager proved himself yet? His record does not exactly make for good reading, a relegation with Hull despite a massive improvement and after a good start with Watford he was ultimately sacked after a dismal run of form. Moshiri must be careful that he is not letting an opportunity slip through his fingers with potential other managers across Europe.
The club has evolved already with the appointment of Marcel Brands as the new director of football taking the place of Steve Walsh in that role, a move that will benefit Everton as a whole especially considering Brands success while at PSV in the same capacity.
With West Ham also departing company with David Moyes, the two clubs may be fighting for the same managers when it comes to appointing their next manager. Paulo Fonseca the Shaktar Donetsk is proving to be a highly coveted manager and has been linked with both clubs since the departures of both Moyes and Allardyce respectively.
As a club however Everton needs a major change in personnel, with older players in the defense in the first team and with a real lack of pace across the pitch, the club needs to get this decision right.
Ralph Hasenhuttl leaving RB Leipzig has came as a surprise this summer however a manager who could vastly improve this Everton team. His knowledge of the game and his tactical knowledge is what ultimately led the German underdogs into their first ever UEFA Champions League campaign.
His development of players that were pretty much unheard of to household names across Europe has really caught the eye, with players such as Naby Keita, Emil Forsberg, Timo Werner and has worked with already Everton player Ademola Lookman while on loan at the Bundesliga club during the second half of the season. The Austrian manager would be right in the mix for a number of clubs this summer but Moshiri really should make this guy a top target.
Unai Emery is a name that will find himself linked with a number of clubs this summer. Speculation has grown that the former Sevilla manager is the number one choice to replace David Moyes at West Ham. Moshiri and Kenwright need to make a move for a manager who has a reputation of building a club and developing a team to mount serious competition both domestically and in Europe, and Emery fits this description perfectly with his previously success at Sevilla.
The Spanish manager's name will continually come up this summer with regard to jobs across Europe, he would be a top appointment for Everton and has worked with a director of football very well previously so this might just give Everton a real advantage when going against other clubs for his signature.
Everton and Moshiri have a very big decison to make this summer, for the sake of Everton fans and the development of this team, they need to take their time when getting this right.
Marco Silva could ultimately prove to be a fantastic appointment for the club, but looking at managers such as Lucien Favre the current Nice manager, Sean Dyche who year after year enhances his reputation, or even perhaps a controversial move for the vastly experienced Rafa Benitez. Options could be there for Everton, rushing this Silva appointment might prove to be another disappointment for the blue half of Merseyside.