The Merseyside club can’t be manager-less for long after torrid performances risking a relegation.
It has been a season of disappointment for one of England’s historic clubs, Everton.
The blue-side of Merseyside started the season well in the transfer market showing ambition to step up their ranks. However, things have since turned completely south, with the club hanging in a relegation throttle.
Consequently, Dutch manager Ronald Koeman got an axe, while David Unsworth took charge temporarily. The performances haven’t improved under the caretaker boss and Everton now stand just two points above the relegation zone.
The search for a new manager is ongoing from the board, but who are the likely candidates? We take a look at the potential shortlist for future Everton manager:
The former England boss is a known relegation-saver. Though his managerial reign took a fall after getting sacked as the Three Lions boss after just 67 days, the manager still has a CV that proves he can save any club from relegation.
Most recently, he saved Crystal Palace, who were rock-bottom last season, from relegation, while he was also able to save Sunderland in 2015-16.
Big Sam is bookie’s favorite to replace Koeman on a permanent basis, while he has also expressed desire to return to management.
The Republic of Ireland manager could be set to return back in club management, according to several tabloid reports.
The former Aston Villa boss has done a decent job with the Irish national team so far, leading them to the qualification for 2016 Euro Cup, and also beating World Cup winners Germany in the tournament.
However, the recent failure to qualify for the World Cup could lead him to take a break from international football.
Martin has plenty of experience of managing in the Premier League as he was a manager at Premier League clubs – Leicester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland before joining international management.
The Portuguese manager was a clear first-choice to replace Koeman, however, the Toffees couldn’t reach a compensation deal with Watford.
Watford are flying this season under Silva, standing eighth in the league just four points off top four.
But, barring any late surprises, Everton are unlikely to acquire the services of one of the league’s bright young managers.
Former Chelsea and Spurs boss could be in for a surprise move back to England.
Villas-Boas went trophyless in the recently concluded Chinese football season and the ultra-rich Chinese club could be ready to offload him.
With two unsuccessful Premier League stints under his belt, he could look to reaffirm his initial promise as a football manager.
Once dubbed as the next-Mourinho, Villas-Boas hasn’t lived upto the expectations and the Everton job could be his one last salvation in a top English club.