Five names in the frame to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton

by Jack Kitson / 23 October 2017, 15:46

Everton are on the hunt for their third manager since former boss David Moyes was lured over to Manchester United in 2013.

Moyes’ replacement, Roberto Martinez, spent an indifferent three years at Goodison Park before leaving in the summer of 2016.

Next up was Ronald Koeman who parted ways with Southampton in order to take charge of the Toffees, however the Dutchman has now been sacked after less than 18 months in the hotseat.

Below we look at five potential candidates to succeed Koeman.

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David Moyes

Where better place to start than with former Everton gaffer David Moyes who has been managerless since leaving Sunderland in the summer.

Moyes managed the Toffees between 2002 and 2013, becoming the club’s longest-serving boss in the Premier League era. The Scot may not have won a trophy, but he did make a big impact at the club, leading them to a 4th place finish, Champions League qualification, and an FA Cup Final.

Unfortunately for Moyes his career has been on a downwards trajectory ever since he left Goodison Park.

Moyes lasted only nine months as "The Chosen One" at Man Utd, while the less said the better about his following spells at Real Sociedad and Sunderland.

However, in a twist of fate he now finds his former employers looking for a new manager, and he is among the early favourites for a sensational return.

In truth, it doesn't appear likely that the two parties will reunite, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on over the next few days.

David Unsworth

As always in the aftermath of a managerial departure it’s the caretaker boss who is installed as one of the early favourites to take the job on a permanent basis. In this particular instance that man is David Unsworth, who steps up from his position with the club’s U23 team.

While it’s not unusual in the Football League for a caretaker to become the full-time boss, it rarely happens in the Premier League, although Craig Shakespeare was a recent exception at Leicester City, however he was axed last week…

It’s difficult to envision Everton handing the job to Unsworth, however his knowledge of the Merseyside outfit - he made over 300 appearances during two spells - is second to none and he’ll be a steady pair of hands to steer the ship while the club searches for a new gaffer.

Unsworth will get a taste of senior management when he takes charge of Everton on Wednesday night for their Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea.

Sean Dyche

It’s about time that Sean Dyche is linked with the so called “bigger clubs”. The Burnley boss has done an exceptional job at Burnley, with whom he’s led up to the Premier League on two occasions, and he now deserves his time to shine should a top club come calling.

Already this season Dyche has been a reported target for Crystal Palace and Leicester, but has so far remained loyal to the Clarets, with whom he has been in charge of since 2012, making him the third longest-serving boss in the top-flight.

Palace ended up appointing Roy Hodgson, while Leicester is arguably not much of a significant step up from current club Burnley. However, the vacancy at Everton could prove to be the perfect fit for Dyche.

As unfair as it sounds It’s difficult to think that any of the so-called top-6 clubs would take a chance on Dyche, or any Englishman for that matter, but Everton are right up there in terms of size, structure and history, and should they come calling Dyche will undoubtedly be interesting in listening to what they've got to say.

Sam Allardyce

Well, well, well I bet you didn’t expect this name to crop up in the mix for a managerial vacancy did you?

We are joking of course. Sam Allardyce’s name is like a magnet when it comes to top-flight vacancies, and he’s inevitably being linked with the new opening at Everton.

Allardyce drew the curtains on his managerial career last summer after leaving his post at Crystal Palace. But this hasn’t stopped his name appearing in all manner of markets, including Crystal Palace and Leicester, while the former England boss has also been linked with a return to the international arena with Scotland and the United States.

Last week speculation was swirling around that Big Sam had his sights set on the States, however Koeman’s sacking is likely to change things a little bit...stay tuned.

Paulo Fonseca

If you’re looking for an outside bet to become the next Everton manager then Paulo Fonseca could well be your man.

Fonseca has come in at 20/1 (Paddy Power) as he joins the more familiar names of Moyes, Dyche, and Allardyce towards the top echelons of the market.

Fonseca is currently in charge of Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, with whom led to the domestic treble last season: Ukrainian league title, cup and Super Cup.

In a small amount of time the 44-year-old has done a cracking job at Shahktar, but he may fancy a sudden switch to England, especially given that last week The Telegraph revealed that the Portuguese coach had ambitions to manage in the Premier League:

“All coaches want to go to England and I am one. I have this dream and I believe this can happen. I believe a lot this can happen. If it’s soon or not, I have this dream.

He’s fluent in English too. Definitely one to watch in the betting.

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