Why Everton should appoint Paulo Fonseca over Sam Allardyce

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 28 November 2017, 10:23

Watch out Sam Allardyce...the Everton job isn’t yours just yet!

On Monday Big Sam once again stormed to the summit of the Next Everton Manager Market after re-opening talks with the Toffees, who finally appeared to be ended their shocking five-week search for Ronald Koeman’s successor.

We’ve already seen two members of the British old guard return to the dugout this season, in Roy Hodgson to Crystal Palace, and David Moyes to West Ham, while Alan Pardew is on the cusp of becoming the new West Brom boss.

Yawn - it’s the same old story.

Should Allardyce, a Premier League veteran of six clubs, bag the Everton job he’ll no doubt save the club from relegation - it’s what he’s known for - but then what...?

Not much to be honest.

Instead, the club should consider appointing one of the best young managers in Europe: Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca.

The Portuguese manager, who was linked with the Merseyside outfit in the aftermath of Koeman’s sacking, now finds himself back in the frame for the vacancy after his odds were slashed from 50/1 to just 6/1 in the betting.

Yes, it would be considered a gamble. Just look at Frank de Boer’s ill-fated and short-lived stint at Crystal Palace earlier this season.

But, on the other hand Everton could unearth another Portuguese gem following the rapid rise of Marco Silva.

Although at the moment the Watford boss is a touchy subject with Everton who have twice had bids for him rejected.

However, they should now opt for Silva’s fellow countryman Fonseca.

Just last season Fonseca, who has been linked with PSG and Monaco, led Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar to the treble.

Since taking charge in 2016 he’s won a whopping 56 of his 73 games games at the helm, losing just nine times, with his win rate currently an extremely impressive 77%.

Prior to Shakhtar the 44-year-old had multiple spells in his homeland, including Braga and Porto, winning the Portuguese cup with the former.

Fonseca, whose side are currently four points clear at the top of the Ukranian league, told The Telegraph last month:

“I have a big, big passion about the game and the atmosphere in England is amazing. I hope one day to live it. It’s the biggest league in the world. For any coach, to work in England can be amazing. You have the best coaches and the best players.”

Now he could be on the verge of realising his dream, should Everton decide to go for a hungry and outstanding young manager, over a tried and tested member of the old guard.

 

 

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