After a less than fruitful three years in charge, Everton have parted ways with Roberto Martinez right at the end of 2015/16 season. With Martinez’s sacking, The Toffees have a busy summer ahead of them where first and foremost, they need to find a new manager who could restore their lost Premier League pedigree.
On that note, we take a look at the five potential candidates Everton must consider before announcing their next manager later this summer including the former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.
Frank De Boer
At this time, Frank De Boer looks likely to take over at Goodison Park next season after the former Ajax boss resigned from his post earlier today. De Boer cited that he is looking for other options including a year break from management.
But we have a reason to feel that De Boer, who was previously linked with the Tottenham and Liverpool job is intrigued with the prospect of managing in Premier League. With Martinez gone and the big TV money kicking in next season, De Boer could finally get his long-due wish.
Like Frank De Boer, Manuel Pellegrini is another top manager who will be without a club in the summer. Pellegrini has been asked to leave by Man City with Pep Guardiola waiting to take charge at the Etihad next season.
Pellegrini had previously expressed his desires to stay in England and find a new Premier League club to manage. Perhaps with Everton sacking Martinez, it would open the door for Pellegrini to present himself as a worthy candidate to take over at Goodison.
Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United)
It could be a controversial choice this one but the former Liverpool manager could be available in the summer after his failure of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League. Despite reports of an affection developing between Rafa and the Geordies supporters, we could see him exit the club this summer.
Rafa’s contract clearly states that he could walk away from St. James’ Park in case of a relegation and now that The Magpies are down in the Championship, Everton could be a realistic option for the former Real Madrid manager.
Speaking of controversial choices, this would be another brave call if Everton decide to go by this road. Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is without a club right now and after Swansea decided to snub him for a summer role, Everton might want to make their move.
Rodgers built his name at Liberty Park for being a high-pressing and free flowing manager who relied on a pass-and-move game. After a stalemate kind of a season, Everton fans would not mind to see a manager who could actually get them playing an attractive brand of football.
Is it just me or are you all surprised as well at the number of top-class managers easily available in the summer? While Manchester United fans would argue Moyes being a top-class manager, but his work with Everton previously is well documented and needs no justification.
After being thrown out of the door by Real Sociedad, Moyes is looking for a new club to manage and what could be better for him to return to Goodison Park where he built himself a reputation for being one of the most reliable managers in Premier League.