Everton’s season so far has been turned into nightmare, after the Toffees were off to a good start in August. They have started the season with 1:0 home win against Stoke City, before going to Etihad and taking a point in a 1:1 draw against Manchester City. Then, at the end of August, the Ronald Koeman led team started loosing one game after another. A 0:2 away loss at Stamford Bridge has been followed by a 0:3 home defeat against Spurs. Afterwards, Everton have been humiliated by Atlanta in their UEFA Europa League away visit to Bergamo, a tournament that Koeman embraced during the summer. This loss has been followed by another defeat – 4:0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Then Everton recovered with a 3:0 win in the Carabao Cup against Sunderland at home, followed by another 2:1 home win against Bournemouth. On October 15, the Toffees were unlucky to loose 0:1 against Burnley at Goodison Park and then drew 1:1 their away fixture at Brighton. Since then Everton lost all their Premier League and UEFA Europa League matches and before their recent 3:2 home comeback against Watford, a game managed by the interim coach David Unsworth , the Toffees were in the relegation zone.
£142.38 million spent on players!
I have already mentioned Ronald Koeman twice so far, despite that we should be speaking about him in the past sense, when we are talking about Everton. After a solid performance last season, when the Toffees finished 7th, winning 17 games, drawing 10 and loosing 11 on 62 t0 44 goal difference, Koeman have been allowed to spend the highest transfer budget (£142.38 million) in the club’s history.
Considering the Everton results so far this season and the team’s position in the Premier League the Dutch manager and the club together have obviously done an awful job on the transfer market. The average age of the players who have arrived to Goodison Park is 23.6 years, which means that the money were spent on players who’s market value is likely to increase. However, at the same time the current combined market value of all newcomers is £127.17 million, which is £15.2 million less then the money paid for them.
Everton have also sold players for £96.64 million, which means that the club has a negative balance of £45.74 millions this summer. This is not a good news for any new manager who would be coming to Goodison Park. It is very likely that one would be given a zero money or a very limited transfer budget to buy players during the January transfer window. This means that whoever takes on as manager at Everton, would need to rely on the Ronal Koeman’s selection.
What kind of manager Everton don’t need?
SkySports have reported that Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has held discussions with former England manager Sam Allardyce about the possibility to take on the manager’s position at Goodison Park. This would be a wrong decision, which would turn Everton into a bottom side club overnight, as Allardyce has never managed a club that had ambitions to win anything in the Premier League. At the same time Everton are not a club that should worry about loosing their Premier League status, so any appointment of football coach, specialist of “Premier League survival” would be a big mistake.
Sam Allardyce would most probably improve the Everton’s defense, one that have conceded 22 goals in 11 Premier League games. However, the Toffees would pay a very high price, similar to the one that teams like Sunderland and Crystal Palace have paid, after being managed by Allardyce.
The Burnley’s manager Sean Dyche is also considered for the job. Despite that he deserves a lot of admirations for his work at Turf Moor, Dyche is probably not the one who would move the Toffees forward, compared to where they are now.
What kind of manager Everton should consider?
The Toffees board need to appoint a strong defensive coach, but one who will work under a manager committed to develop Everton as a team, who wins games by playing an attacking football.
Toffees has lost their chances to progress in the UEFA Europa League. Considering the huge competition in the Premier League, the best position in the table that Everton could achieve at the end of the season is probably 7th. There is also a theoretical chance for them to qualify for Europe through FA Cup.
Considering the limited opportunities for Everton this season, the club owner Farhad Moshiri board should probably find a manager who can achieve something in season 2018/19. At the same time Merseysiders cannot afford to be a club who lives at the bottom side of the table. Therefore they need a manager who either has a Premier League experience or who can adapt very fast to the English top-flight.
According to Roberto Martinez who has spend 3 seasons at Goodison Park and led Everton to 5h place in table in season 2013/2014:
“If the goal now for the manager arriving at Everton is to win silverware or try to get as close to Europe, you need experience. There is no two ways about it. The Premier League is such a demanding league, you have to have some sort of experience.”
If this sounds reasonable to the Everton’s owner, then it is very likely that the club’s new manager will be someone who has already managed in the Premier League or in the EFL Championship. It could be also a former player with significant experience in the Premier League like Tony Adams for example.
If Everton decide to appoint an international manager, then it could be Thomas Tuchel, who has been in charge of Borussia Dortmund for two seasons. It looks like that German managers do very well in England and by saying that I mean Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner, who has done a better job than his fellow countryman Jurgen Klopp, as of now.
An interesting option for Everton would be Laurent Blanc, who has experience in the Premier League as Manchester United player and won one Premier League title with them. He hasn’t managed since 2016 when he left Paris Saint-Germain.
Luis Enrique, who managed Barcelona is another interesting option for Everton, but if the Toffees appoint him, they will need to give him a significant transfer budget.
Finally, Frank De Boer would be a very good candidate for the job, if he hasn’t recently failed at Crystal Palace. The Dutchman would be probably the perfect manager to continue developing Everton as a team who play offensive entertaining football.