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Everton must replace Allardyce with this Champions League winner in the summer

The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to see their side end their barren run of form on the road with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City last weekend, but the manner in which they stumbled to defeat did little to inspire much optimism for the future amongst the supporters. 

Sam Allardyce has effectively completed the job he was assigned to do when he stepped into the hot-seat at Goodison Park at the end of November. If there’s one thing that big Sam guarantees, then it’s Premier League survival, and now that Everton have reached the magic 40-point mark it’s safe to assume that he has achieved his goal with 7 fixtures left to spare.

Whether Allardyce has improved the club since he took over has been a huge talking point for discussion amongst the resident Toffees propping up our bar, as the vast majority believe that very little has changed under his leadership. With that in mind, the supporters are eager to see a new manager take charge at Goodison Park this summer, and plenty of potential candidates have been mentioned already.

A move for Marco Silva has been widely touted, despite the fact he was eventually sacked from his role at Watford after his side went on a poor run of form immediately after he was strongly linked with the vacant Everton post following Ronald Koeman’s dismissal. Another candidate who represents a far riskier appointment is the former Evertonian Mikel Arteta who is currently contracted to Manchester City as an assistant coach.

The aforementioned candidates can both make a strong case to succeed Allardyce at Everton, but the club should chose a manager who is both proven at the top-level, and likely to be available this summer, namely Rafael Benitez. A handful of Everton fans are likely to be against a move for Benitez due to his history at Liverpool, but considering his rich managerial history, the supporters should put their emotions to one side and focus on what the Spaniard could bring to the club.

Benitez is due to enter the final year of his contract this summer, so it’s likely he will be make a decision on his future depending on the ownership situation on Tyneside. If Mike Ashley fails to conclude negotations with Amanda Staveley or another potential investor, then Benitez will certainly be open to the prospect of moving away from The Magpies in order to find a club who will back him in the transfer market.

If that proves to be the case, then Everton should make a brazen move and add a controversial footnote into the footballing history books by replacing Allardyce with the former Liverpool manager.

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