Everton’s hunt for Marco Silva’s replacement is wide open with a cluster of names in the frame for the job.
Popular caretaker Duncan Ferguson did his own prospects no harm after he inspired his beloved Blues to a convincing 3-1 win at home to Chelsea; a performance that was soaked in passion, commitment and emotion. At the very least Big Dunc is a safe pair of hands for the time being while the club hunts for a long-term option. However, he could well be handed the full-time position himself.
Vitor Pereira continues to occupy a place in the upper echelons of the betting - you can read more about him here - while former Bayern boss Niko Kovac got the rumour mill churning after he was spotted at the Everton game on Saturday, although it’s the Arsenal job he’s reportedly after.
Marcelino has also been touted, David Moyes remains an option, while it was revealed on Monday morning that Unai Emery had surprisingly been approached.
However, with the market wide open, we've delved into the next Everton manager market and picked out four intriguing alternative options that the club could look to employ…
Ralf Rangnick has long been linked with a move to England, both at club level and in charge of the national team.
The German coach was previously interviewed for the England post but lost out to Sam Allardyce, while he also caught the attention of Man Utd, and more pertinently to this article he was interviewed by Everton in 2013 - they opted for Roberto Martinez instead - then he was linked again after Ronald Koeman’s exit in 2017, but this time he was the one who wasn’t interested.
Third time lucky? He’s now a 25/1 shot to finally make the switch over to the Toffees, with The Mirror’s David Maddock reporting that he’s once again on the club’s managerial list.
For those that aren’t overly familiar with Rangnick, he’s had a huge impact and influence on football in his homeland, with the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel big admirers.
He loves working closely with and improving players, developing young talent, and building clubs up from within. Notable highlights include leading VfB Stuttgart to Intertoto Cup success, Schalke to domestic cup glory, Hoffenheim from the third-tier to the Bundesliga, and more recently inspiring RB Leipzig’s rise to domestic prominence through a combination of managerial and Sporting Director roles.
Third time lucky for Ralf Rangnick and Everton?
Tottenham fans may recall a spicy touchline incident that occurred during the club’s Europa League clash with Benfica back in March 2014 when visiting manager Jorge Jesus savagely trolled Tim Sherwood by holding up three fingers in his direction after his side had taken a 3-1 lead - see picture.
Jesus’ men would go on to knock the Londoners out en route to the final, where they lost on penalties to Sevilla, however that same season he did become the first Portuguese coach to win the domestic treble.
Jesus then made the controversial decision to switch to Benfica’s fierce rivals Sporting Lisbon, where he replaced Marco Silva and won a couple of domestic cups, while he recently made global headlines by inspiring Flamengo to Copa Libertadores glory, followed by the league title. In fact, he’s only lost two of his 35 games at the Brazilian outfit, boasting a 71.43% win rate.
Prior to Silva’s sacking, The Telegraph reported that Everton had their eye on Jesus. His stock is sky high and should the Toffees still be interested in his services they may have to wait for a couple of weeks as he's bidding to win the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup - his side could face Liverpool in the Final.
But while Jesus, who has won silverware at five different clubs, reportedly prefers the Spanish and Italian leagues, his fiery personality and captivating presence make him an intriguing outside option at 50/1.
Throwback to when Jorge Jesus reminded Tim Sherwood of the score during Benfica's Europa League win over Spurs in 2015.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) November 23, 2019
He's just led Flamengo to #CopaLibertadores victory over River Plate! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/unb8AabheO
In October 2018 Santiago Solari was elevated from his position at the helm of Real Madrid's B team to the senior squad following the exit of Julen Lopetegui. It was a short spell that came to an end before the season came to a close, although he did at least accumulate more wins than his predecessor, as well as the likes of Rafa Benitez, Juande Ramos and Guus Hiddink.
The 42-year-old is eager to return to the dugout - he’s set his sights on the Premier League - and employs the brand of football Evertonians want to see.
"The type of football I like is when the team is the protagonist, offensive football, high tempo and aggressive but in order to achieve that you have to defend high, have fast transitions, and of course talent is a big part of that,” he stated in September.
Solari, 16/1, would be considered somewhat of a gamble as he only has five months of senior management to his name, but he’s a young and exciting prospect who no doubt has a big career ahead of him.
Could Laurent Blanc soon end his three-year exile from the dugout?
Laurent Blanc may not have managed in the Premier League but he previously lifted the title with Man Utd at the end of his playing career.
The Frenchman has since forged out a successful career in the dugout, leading Bordeaux to the French league and cup double, along with a back-to-back Trophée des Champions. He took France to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals where they lost to eventual champions Spain, before he returned to club level where he won 11 trophies in three seasons at the helm of PSG.
It therefore comes as a surprise that Blanc hasn’t since returned to management since leaving the French giants three years ago, although he’s been linked with a variety of positions, including a return to Man Utd as manager.
In a way it’s a shame he’s not yet taken up another job considering the upward curve his career was on but he could still prove to be an attractive option given the fact that he has a 65% win rate as a manager, has knowledge of the Premier League, plus experience of looking after both big personalities and exciting young prospects.
The 50/1 shot also wouldn’t cost a penny in compensation, unlike a number of other managers Everton have been linked with.