Everton to Begin Discussions With Nuno Espirito Santo Over Manager Role

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Everton have targeted Nuno Espirito Santo to replace Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian made a shock return to Real Madrid, according to Sky Sports.

Everton Set to Open Talks With Nuno Espirito Santo

Santo in Pole Position to Be Offered the Role

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and the Everton board believe Santo is an ‘excellent’ fit for the Toffees, according to the report. Everton view him as a manager who is eager to prove a point to his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers after he departed┬áthe club at the end of last season. The club was very impressed by his progression at Wolves.

Santo recently spent three days in discussions with Crystal Palace, who are seeking a replacement for Roy Hodgson. The Portuguese has also been reported as the frontrunner for that vacant role. Santo is currently in Portugal after these discussions with Palace.

David Moyes is another manager who the Everton hierarchy see as a potential candidate to replace Ancelotti. Moyes spent 11 years at Everton before joining Manchester United in 2013. After struggling at multiple clubs over several seasons, the 58-year-old has resurged at West Ham over two spells and recently led the Hammers to sixth place in the Premier League.

Moyes’ family home is in Lytham St Annes, which is just north of Liverpool. While the club considers him a viable candidate, there is concerns over his capability of succeeding with the profile of Everton’s current squad.

Everton has reportedly considered another former manager – Marco Silva. Silva has been out of management since his sacking from Goodison Park in 2019. Vitor Pereira, who was linked with the role after Silva’s sacking has also been considered by the club.

Other managers who had been linked with the job, such as Steven Gerrard, Roberto Martinez and Rafa Benitez, appear unlikely as of now.

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