Could Arsene Wenger be in the Everton dugout next season?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 April 2018, 12:13

Arsenal may not be the only Premier League club looking for a new gaffer this summer.

Chelsea, West Ham, Watford, and Everton may all decide to take a different managerial path come the end of the season.

Back in November, after a lengthy and in truth painful search for a new manager, Everton eventually opted for Sam Allardyce as Ronald Koeman's replacement at Goodison Park.

Big Sam has since propelled the previously struggling Toffees well clear of the dreaded drop zone, and is now on course to record a top-8 finish for only the second time in four seasons.

However, it’s abundantly obvious that he’s not quite clicked with the supporters, many of whom want the former England boss out, as was evident during Monday’s night victory over Newcastle (see tweet below).

With Allardyce’s future at the Merseyside outfit up in the air, attention has swiftly turned to potential replacements, should he depart at the end of the campaign.

Shakhter Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca, who was linked with Everton last autumn, is currently the evens frontrunner in a betting market which also features Marco Silva, Mikel Arteta, Sean Dyche, and Louis van Gaal.

However, there’s one name that immediately stands out: Arsene Wenger.

There have already been numerous column inches devoted to Wenger’s next steps in the managerial arena, with the Frenchman automatically linked with soon-to-be-managerless PSG, former club Monaco, and the France national team.

Should Gareth Southgate’s England crumble at the rapidly approaching World Cup, Wenger will inevitably find himself linked with The Three Lions, again.

But, what if the 68-year-old decides that he wants to remain in the Premier League?

Few, if any, love English football more than Wenger. While his upcoming departure from his beloved Arsenal is understandably heartbreaking for the veteran boss, the prospect of throwing himself straight back into a fresh and potentially-rewarding project at Everton could well tickle his tastebuds.

Afterall, Everton are gunning to break into the top-6 - Wenger has never finished outside of the top-6.

Everton haven’t won a domestic cup since 1995 - Wenger has lifted a record breaking seven FA Cup trophies, winning three of the last four editions of the prestigious competition.

Everton fans crave a decent stab at European football - Wenger is three games away from winning the Europa League.

We are by no means suggesting that Wenger will transform Everton into an established top-4 side who are set to reel-in domestic and European silverware.

However, a future top-6 standing could well be within reach, while he’ll no doubt back himself to end the club’s 23-year trophy drought, and in turn add to his own collection.

Admittedly an appointment is unlikely - as it stands he’s a 14/1 shot - but it will only gain momentum should Wenger still be available when Everton inevitably give Allardyce the boot.

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