Author: Yuri Vasilyev
Everton had an inspiring win over the weekend against Chelsea, with a super 3×1 victory. However, even though the Toffees are under their newly assigned interim manager Duncan Ferguson, Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is rumored to be looking for a permanent appointment of a different kind.
Who might win the race and actually fit Toffees in the long run? Here are some names that have been making the headlines.
Kovac has been seen in the director’s box during a recent game at Goodison Park. However, after that, he also attended Manchester derby at Etihad and on Sunday watched West Brom versus Swansea. Yet, once there is a vacant managerial position available, there is always a thing or two going on behind the scenes.
The Croatian, who previously has led Bayern Munich to a league and cup title in 2018-2019 came under fire in this year’s season after struggling in domestic competition and was eventually fired after humiliating 5:1 defeat from Eintracht Frankfurt. Although Kovac has been made an ultimate scapegoat for German giant struggles, it has to be said that injuries and lack of squad depth took its toll.
What is more appealing for Everton’s front office is the fact that Kovac first came into the spotlight when he managed the club that ironically has ended his spell with Bayern Munchen: Eintracht Frankfurt. As a manager of Eintracht, Kovac managed to avoid relegation in 2016 and in the next season has helped the team to finish in mid-table as well as reach DFB-Pokal Final. Hence, meaning that he can get deliver results with little at his disposal.
Lastly, the love of fans and players is very volatile that can lead to an opposite effect in no time if results are not there.
Pereira has been linked strongly linked with a move to EPL. Arsenal, who are also interested in the Portuguese manager are keeping an eye on the situation. Although, it remains unclear what would be the final decision for Pereira. He is the manager of Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, that he currently manages, which has also offered him a 3-year extension.
Having previously won back-to-back titles with Porto, he is widely recognized as the last coach in the Portuguese side, before Benfica established its dominance. Olympiakos and Shanghai SIPG followed, it makes it clear why the Portuguese manager is highly valued by Farhad Moshiri and his staff.
Besides his success in China, Pereira had unsuccessful runs in most competitive leagues, like the Turkish one, where he coached Fenerbahçe during a season. He also managed historical German club 1860 Munich, who were in the 2. Bundesliga, ending with his team being relegated.
Nevertheless, in case Pereira decides to take the Everton’s deal he will have to take a significant pay cut to what he currently earns in China. On top of that, signing a contract with the team mid-season that is struggling is a potential risk that may result in an unfavourable outcome. Hence, it is unlikely that the Portuguese would take that deal. At least not at this point in the season.
Having spent 10 seasons with the club as a player and 4 years as a member of the team coaching staff. He also played a crucial part on the electrifying Everton’s 3:1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park and that makes Ferguson a legitimate contender to become a permanent manager.
We have seen the likes of ex-players such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard become managers of clubs that they previously spent multiple years with as players is a common trend. Indeed, knowing the club’s identity, structure and history makes it easier to make the transition from player to manager.
However, it is quite understandable why Farhad Moshiri is keeping an eye on alternative candidates. First of all, it is essentially impossible to motivate players to perform the way they did in their last match versus Chelsea on a weekly basis. Secondly, Ferguson lacks relevant managerial experience and while watching a captain manoeuvre the ship helps, it is very different when you are the one making the crucial decisions.
Whatever is the outcome of the managerial decision for Everton, game versus Chelsea showed that this team cannot be yet written off. However, it is as likely they make top 6 or top 8 this season as a debutant horse being a Kentucky Derby contender: really far-fetched.