Everton’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, has put Diego Simeone at the top of his wishlist for the managerial role at Goodison Park.
According to Sky Sports, Everton have drawn a list of four potential candidates to take over at the club. The list contains names such as Sam Allardyce, current interim manager David Unsworth and Marco Silva, but the most important name is undoubtedly the one of their top priority – Diego Simeone.
Atletico Madrid’s manager is said to be happy at the club, despite being only fourth in La Liga at the moment. Having only signed a new deal at the club in September, keeping him at Wanda Metropolitano until 2020, it would be hard for the Argentinian to leave Atletico, especially mid-season. However, Everton’s owner is decided to show his ambitions and is reportedly ready to appoint a long-term manager and to provide him all the necessary funding to fight at the top of Premier League. This could be a strong argument in their endeavor to persuade Diego Simeone.
According to reports, discussions have already been held with Sam Allardyce’s representatives. However, a decision has not been reached with the 63-year-old, because of the length of the proposed deal. While Allardyce would be looking for a long-term contract, Everton only proposed him to take over until the end of the season. Sam Allardyce left Crystal Palace six months ago, citing health reasons and would only be interested in returning to football if a long-term project is proposed to him, according to Sky Sports sources: “For Sam to come back into football management, he needs to be excited by the prospect of the long-term project. A deal until next May simply won’t do that for him.”
Everton’s current interim manager, David Unsworth could also be allowed to continue at the helm of the team until next summer. The 3-2 victory over Watford last weekend, after having been 0-2 down, has only increased his chances of being granted some extra time.
On the other hand, their last weekend opponent, Marco Silva, is also seen as a solution by Everton. Farhad Moshiri, the club’s owners, is one of the admirers of the Portuguese manager, who has impressed since taking over at Vicarage Road. However, Watford are confident that they will be able to keep their manager.