Everton Interview Fabio Cannavaro for Club Manager Role

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Everton has interviewed Fabio Cannavaro for the vacant club manager position, according to The Telegraph.

It is thought that the 48-year-old impressed during his interview this week as the Premier League club searches for Rafa Benitez’s replacement.

Duncan Ferguson was appointed for “the upcoming games” earlier in the week, indicating that there is not a timeframe for when Everton hope to have a new manager.

Everton Interview Fabio Cannavaro in Club Manager Search

A Three-Man Shortlist

The report also suggests that the Merseyside club has settled for a three-man shortlist.

It has already been widely circulated that former Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard and Derby manager Wayne Rooney were in line for interviews with Everton’s hierarchy.

This follows on from numerous managers being linked to Everton. Former manager Roberto Martinez was originally placed on their shortlist, but their pursuit was blocked by the Royal Belgian Football Association. Martinez had hoped he could combine the two roles.

Speculation linking Jose Mourinho to the Everton role was also quickly put down. Graham Potter also dismissed interest in the job.

Fabio Cannavaro’s Managerial History

Where Fabio Cannavaro was a consistent figure at the top level of the game during his playing days, he has stayed away from the European limelight during his coaching career so far.

The former World Cup winner first started his touchline career with Ah-Ahli in July 2013. Cannavaro had already been at the club for two years, first as a club representative and then as a strategic adviser.

He left the United Arab of Emirates in November 2014 for China’s Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao. At the time, the country was in the process of a football boom.

However, Cannavaro did not stay in China for long. After just 22 games, he was sacked. The Italian moved to Saudi Arabian-based Al-Nassr FC, where he was sacked four months into the role.

He returned to China in July 2016 where he “accomplished the club’s targets” in 2016 and 2017. Cannavaro returned to Guangzhou towards the end of 2017 and he left last September following the club’s financial troubles. Cannavaro also briefly managed the Chinese national team between March and April 2019.

Cannavaro’s honours as a manager include the China League Cup, Chinese Super League and Chinese FA Super Cup. He was also named China’s Coach of the Year in 2017.


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