Having released Ronald Koeman of his duties earlier this week, Everton are looking for a new manager to lead them through their new era of Premier League football, having recently been injected with new funds and a new stadium on the horizon. But who would be the right man for the job?
Sean Dyche has done an incredible job at Burnley and has brought pride back to East Lancashire. Getting Burnley promoted initially with such a small budget was a feat in itself but the ability to comfortably maintain their Premier League status has got him well-deserved praise. He has shown the ability to be prudent in the transfer market replacing the likes of Keane, Barton and Andre Gray without decline in results.
His knowledge of the lower leagues has meant he has been able to identify solid players like Wood, Hendrick and Brady who have performed very well for the club. He has shown he is able to create a solid base and organised defence which Everton are craving at the moment but also at the same time has managed to go to places such as Wembley and Stamford Bridge and walking away with points on the board and goals in the back of the net.
However, Sean Dyche may not be seen as a glamourous name and questionably might struggle to attract the big names which Everton want. Alongside this, he would struggle to implement his defensive philosophy and underdog mentality at Everton. With the resources available he would be expected to be constructive and be able to break teams down with attractive attacking football. The Everton fans at times found Moyes too defensive and Martinez too cavalier so Sean Dyche would need to show that balance to keep the Goodison faithful on his side.
Although one big name that has been linked to the job is Thomas Tuchel, who has been seen as a possible replacement for the never-ending reign of Arsene Wenger. He did his managerial apprenticeship at Mainz and showed his ability to work with limited resources. He is a coach who has an attacking philosophy and teams were famous for playing free-flowing football and in particular was able to get the best out of talents like Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang.
The success of Wagner at Huddersfield and the initial success of Farke at Norwich will lead to more clubs considering employing a German. He would be seen as a big name and one who would be able to attract big names. Dortmund is a massive club and so the experience of managing there would help with the transition of managing Everton. Having won silverware and some pedigree in Europe, he is definitely an ambitious and forward-thinking option for the club.
However, Tuchel may be very difficult to attract as he has turned down clubs of a similar size to Everton such as Bayer Leverkusen and he could well be holding out for a job in the Champions League. Likewise, would the Everton hierarchy want to take a risk with a manager who has never coached in the Premier League before considering their dangerous position currently in the relegation zone.
Or maybe the Toffees’ should give the role to current caretaker David Unsworth. A man with a great affiliation to Everton and a good relationship would mean the fans would be willing to give him time. He has publicly acknowledged that he wants the job and has done his apprenticeship by managing the U23s and also a coaching role at Preston previously.
However, his lack of top-flight experience as a manager, or any senior managerial pedigree for that matter is a concern.
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