Well this article had to change a lot since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti this week. This job was spoken about by Carlo as a project and after spells across top sides all over Europe I was one observer who bought into those words. Was it the lure of Real Madrid or did he realise the job in hand was too lengthy at Everton? I would lean on the latter point, Real needs some work too but they are still competing for their domestic honours and in Europe. Everton cannot boast either as both of those paths are closed currently.
Recruitment seems to be driven via the DOF so installing a new Head Coach/Manager will not prevent incoming transfers but I will analyse the 1st team messiahs appointment first. The clubs owners are ambitious, which was plain to see with the appointment of Carlo. A new stadium is in the offing and European football with a team to boast about is required to entertain the crowd on the new pitch once it’s built. Enticing a major management name may be the route they take again but the fear will surely be they are dumped when a better offer comes along? Conte is being lorded over by so many teams it’s hard to see him relocating to Liverpool and names like Zidane or Pirlo may not even hold a interest to take on a new job especially one in England where they never even played. Men in European jobs like Diego Simeone will not want to leave their clubs who no doubt will be in better positions already. 2 men with impressive CVs could take a shine to the job in hand, these being Christophe Galtier (recently led Lille to french league title) or Ralf Rangnick (former RB Leizpig executive). Both are available and would not excite the fan base at the time of appointment but have the credentials which would, be a kin to Arsene Wenger pre joining Arsenal. Both men have already shown they can nurture and develop a team, they also seem to follow the project through. Spurs have been linked with both men so it maybe worth the Everton board pulling their finger out if either are on the big board.
Domestically the usual names will be mentioned like Nino, Wilder, Dyche, Howe or Hasenhutti the most likely being Howe. He is available at no cost, plays football fitting the Everton style and after recently pulling out of Celtic talks maybe he knew another job was on the horizon?
Duncan Ferguson surely cannot be ruled out he done a ok job when left in charge before, he made some interpersonal mistakes but surely he would have learnt from that and he must have learnt a few things from Ancelotti.
Playing staff wise the squad as a whole needs improving but the future of a few men needs to be addressed.
Richarlison has 3 years to run on his deal and despite another hit & miss season he could still be sold at a slight profit compared to his hefty transfer fee 3 years ago. Calvert Lewin has become the no1 forward, any money received for the Brazilian could be used on a better foil for the England striker.
Sigurdsson, Bernard & James all hold deals expiring next summer, they are all no 10’s in and around the age of 30. Moving them all on and investing in younger talent surely must occur.
Their is a core of talent at the club like Godfrey, Mina, Allan, Keane, Davies, Doucoure, Digne & Calvert Lewin who are capable of playing in the Champions League. It’s buying in a new keeper, right back, creative midfielder and attacker along with adding youthful squad talent to cover and push the men already named for their places.
The recently linked Moussa Diaby of Bayer Leverkusen is the sort of player who ticks all the need boxes while Phillipe Coutinho who has also been linked doesn’t. If the ex Liverpool man came in I would seriously question the DOFs obsession with no10s.
Pace and skill (unlike the Walcott and Iwobi) signings like Diaby are needed to play off Calvert Lewin whether in a front 3 or 2. The creative lead man is a must but not in the form Everton currently hold who swivel and turn before playing the safe pass, a man who has strength and acceleration along with a pass must be brought in. If Arsenal cannot afford Odergaard then targeting him makes perfect sense.
Goalkeeper wise Man Utd seem to be unhappy with the current men at the club but Romero or Henderson are upgrades on Pickford. Paying big bucks for the AC Milan free agent Donnarumma is a option, the owner loves to splash the cash.
Right back wise bringing in someone to take over from legend Seamus Coleman is a tall order but a clear target could be recent La Liga champion Kieran Trippier. Max Aaron’s has done enough over the last few years to earn a move to a club not flirting with relegation.
The next manager/head coach has to hold the position for at least 3 years as the merry go round must stop if the club is ever going to progress.