The international break possibly arrived at the right time for Everton fans, considering the current atmosphere at the club.
A run of four straight league defeats have left at The Blues in the relegation zone with only seven points from their first eight games of the 2019/20 season.
Defeats to Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Burnley last time out have placed manager Marco Silva in a somewhat precarious position.
It was surprising to many that the Portuguese boss actually wasn’t relieved of his duties before the two-week break for international football, which perhaps could have been a logical point for the club to make a change.
Silva has spent 16 months in the hotseat at Goodison Park and looking at the current situation, you wouldn’t bet on that reign lasting 17 months.
FansBet have had a look at some potential replacements for the former Watford manager should Everton’s Director of Football Marcel Brands decide to pull the trigger in the coming weeks.
We can’t get away from it, David Moyes is the current favourite to be the next manager of Everton Football Club.
There is every possibility the moment Moyes left Goodison Park was the same time the whole world went to shit? Perhaps his return might restore some parity and stability to the society around us and we all need this.
The Glaswegian left the club to join Manchester United in 2013 and we all know how that ended. Then came the disastrous spell at Sunderland before he restored part of his reputation keeping West Ham United up in 2017.
Anyone who would take Moyes over Jose or Benitez is straight up deluded
— Fynn (@EFCFynn) October 9, 2019
Delve into the Twittersphere and you will see that the return of Moyes would not necessarily be welcomed, with fears that the game has possibly moved on during the time that their former boss has been out of the loop.
Apprehensions about his style of play, citing that he is too cautious, are also understandable but this was a manager that did have Everton fighting and finishing above their means for years in the Premier League.
In Moyes’ 11 years in charge of the club, they only finished below 8th position in the table on two occasions, regularly appearing between 4th and 8th. This was despite Everton not having the financial advantages of some of the clubs in and around them.
The 56-year-old has been without a club since leaving West Ham and it would be a peculiar move for Brands to make, perhaps one of doubling down from their current position.
If Moyes would prove to be an unpopular choice, then a stronger word needs to be used to describe how the appointment of Rafa Benitez would be welcomed by Everton supporters.
A man who won the Champions League for their nearest rivals, Liverpool? They certainly won’t be rolling out the ‘red’ carpet.
But could this actually be a clever appointment for the club?
Benitez worked wonders up at St.James’ Park while in charge of Newcastle United, keeping a vastly Championship-level squad up comfortably on two occasions.
The Spaniard probably would have remained at Newcastle had it not been for the fractured relationship with their infamous owner Mike Ashley.
His move to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang suggested this was a man who wanted to escape the intense spotlight of European football for a little while when signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in July 2019.
The 59-year-old could well jump at an opportunity to manage in the Premier League again and with it being well known that his family still live on the Wirral, a move to Goodison Park would make perfect sense.
Whether a move to a club that used to be a rival would be off-putting is an interesting dynamic, as we saw how Benitez handled this scenario when he managed Chelsea in 2012/2013, winning the Europa League despite hostility from day one.
This is an appointment that would go down like a lead balloon with Everton fans, but could a tactically astute manager who knows how to set up a defence actually be the solution to all their problems? He is currently at 12.50* to take over.
Where’s the Arteta announcement, Bill?
Silva’s departure could bring on the return of a former player, rather than the return of a former manager.
Mikel Arteta’s name is one that is thrown around whenever there is a Premier League managerial vacancy, and Arsenal very nearly took the plunge when they approached him before hiring Unai Emery in 2017.
The Spaniard made 162 appearances in six years at the club between 2005 and 2011, scoring 27 goals following his move from Real Sociedad.
Arteta left the club to go on to spend five seasons at Arsenal, before retiring from playing professional football in 2016.
It’s Friday, so here are a few goals from the best little Spaniard we know. 🇪🇸
— THE BLUE ROOM (@TheBlueRoomEFC) October 11, 2019
The 37-year-old has been a part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at Manchester City while they’ve stormed to two consecutive Premier League titles.
Biding his time and learning from one of the best coaches in the world will surely stand Arteta in good stead should he, as expected, want to make a move into management.
This would be an unlikely move but one that perhaps Brands could consider should they pull the plug on Silva’s time in L4.
Arteta would need time and will be learning his trade on the job, but this isn’t the sort of move Everton have made recently, which offers the question – is it one they should consider?
They’ve not had success with the proven managers of Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce and seem to be floundering after giving the ‘hot new thing’ a go in Silva.
Although there would are similarities in the context of the appointment of Silva and the potential one of Arteta, this is possibly a route the Blues need to go down in the search of an identity.
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