Everton switch focus to Ralf Rangnick after ending Marco Silva pursuit

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 November 2017, 09:39

Everton have reportedly ended their pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva and instead identified Ralf Rangnick as their new No.1 target for the job.

The Independent report that Everton have lost patience with their attempts to lure Silva over to Goodison Park, despite the 40-year-old’s apparent reluctance to rule out a switch.

The Toffees have endured a frustrating search for a new manager since sacking Ronald Koeman four weeks ago.

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The unemployed Sam Allardyce, Burnley boss Sean Dyche, former Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal and Silva have all been linked with the Merseyside post, only for nothing to materialise.

Everton even tried their luck with a couple of approaches for Silva, only to be swatted away by the Hornets, who are understandably desperate to cling onto their in-demand boss.

Rangnick, a 28/1 shot on Wednesday, has today (Thursday) been slashed to just 3/1 to be the man who replaces Koeman in the dugout.

Back in 2011 Rangnick was a contender to replace Roy Hodgson at Liverpool, who in the end opted for club legend Kenny Dalglish.

Rangnick was also famously linked with the England job twice last year, firstly after the departure of Hodgson, only to be overlooked for Big Sam, who subsequently disgraced himself. He once again found himself in the mix, but England again overlooked him, instead deciding to go in-house with Gareth Southgate.

The 59-year-old is currently working as a sporting director at German side Red Bull Leipzig, with whom he managed for a single season (2015/16), during which he led his troops to promotion into the Bundesliga.

Prior to that spell in the dugout, Rangnick enjoyed success with Schalke, winning the DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup and DFL-Ligapokal, and through to the Champions League semi-finals, while he previously led Hannover to the Bundesliga 2 title, and Stuttgart to Intertoto glory. He also memorable steered Hoffenheim from the German third-tier up to the top-flight.

Rumours of a switch to Everton will gather steam over the next few days and it will be interesting to see if the German will at long last venture over to these shores. In the meantime caretaker Unsworth (W1 D1 L3) will take charge of the club’s clash away to Southampton on Sunday.

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