Everton hold talks with Nuno Espirito Santo to replace Carlo Ancelotti… but an appointment ISN’T imminent and David Moyes is his main challenger for the job – with Duncan Ferguson also believing he is ready to take over
- Farhad Moshiri has contacts Nuno Espirito Santo for the vacant Everton job
- David Moyes is another option – and was considered by Moshiri in 2019 too
- Duncan Ferguson is also interested in the job, which has had many applicants
Everton have held talks with Nuno Espirito Santo as they have intensified their efforts to find Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement.
Nuno, the former Wolves manager, has been contacted by Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, to assess his position; the Portuguese is also wanted by Crystal Palace and had talks last week with the South London club.
Goodison Park officials held a virtual board meeting on Wednesday to whittle down candidates and the main challenger to Nuno, at this stage, is David Moyes. The Scot, who previously had an 11-year stay at Everton, has been offered a new three-year deal by West Ham after guiding them into Europe.
Farhad Moshiri (right, right image) has held talks with Nuno Espirito Santo (left) about replacing Carlo Ancelotti (left, right image) as Everton manager
David Moyes is once again in the running – but Everton would need West Ham’s permission
Moyes has been in the running to return to Goodison Park in recent years – Moshiri spoke to him in December 2019 before going for Ancelotti – but Everton will not make any approach to Moyes without receiving permission from West Ham.
Marcel Brands, Everton’s Sporting Director, has been inundated with enquiries about the vacancy since but he is determined to be thorough in looking at applicants and, for that reason, it is not likely that an appointment is imminent.
Duncan Ferguson, the club legend who impressed Moshiri when having a short stint as caretaker following the sacking of Marco Silva, also wants to be considered for the post and believes he is ready after working under Ancelotti.
Duncan Ferguson impressed Moshiri and believes he can step into the Goodison top job
There was still a sense of shock around Goodison on Wednesday following the speed in which his move to Madrid was concluded; Everton were second on Boxing Day but slithered in the second half of the season dramatically and finished tenth after a 5-0 trouncing by Manchester City in their last game.
But Ancelotti insisted the campaign was positive and said at his presentation press conference: ‘Each team has an objective. Success isn’t just winning trophies, success for a manager is to reach the objective that the club has.
‘Everton doesn’t have the objective to win the Premier League, it has the objective to try and play in European football and we fought until the end. To get to the last game fighting for Europe, I think that was a success.’
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