Everton and West Ham supporters have been in contrasting moods in the Transfer Tavern during the current international break.
Ronald Koeman’s Toffees went down 1-0 at home to Burnley last time out to suffer a fourth Premier League defeat of the season, leaving them 16th in the division, which is a place below Slaven Bilic’s Hammers, who edged past Swansea City 1-0 to the delight of our resident East Londoners.
However, both managers are somewhat under pressure given the two sides’ sluggish starts to the campaign, and both are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, which outlines that former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri is a reported target of the Premier League duo.
The 56-year-old took over at Vicarage Road back in the summer of 2016 and led the side to top-flight safety in his one and only season in charge last term, eventually finishing 17th in the division and six points clear of danger.
The Italian masterminded impressive victories over Manchester United and Everton but saw his team lose their last six games of the campaign, resulting in the former Inter Milan man’s departure at the conclusion of the season.
Nonetheless, it appears that both the Everton and West Ham hierarchies were reasonably impressed with Mazzarri, as reports suggest that both clubs are keeping tabs on the Italian in case they do make a managerial change.
Yet both Koeman and Bilic will be hoping that they can lead their sides to respective victories over Brighton and Burnley at the weekend in a bid to strengthen their case to remain as manager.
Landlord’s verdict: Walter Mazzarri was linked with the Everton job last week to the surprise of many English football fans.
The 56-year-old endured a tricky spell at Watford but ultimately did keep them in the Premier League, although struggles with the language, reported bust-ups, and a run of six defeats to finish the season hardly did his reputation much good.
But it appears that West Ham are also interested in the former Inter Milan and Napoli boss should they part company with Slaven Bilic who, like Ronald Koeman, has overseen just two league wins from his first seven matches.
Clearly, both men are under pressure and more disappointing results could force the respective hierarchies to act, which could see Mazzarri return to the Premier League much earlier than many expected.
Everton and West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!