There are some nervous faces strewn across the Everton fans here in the Transfer Tavern indeed. Not only are the Toffees concerned about tonight’s game with West Ham and the return of David Moyes to Goodison Park, but about their managerial search as a whole.
Though Sam Allardyce has been strongly linked with a move to Merseyside in order to stop the rot and finally replace Ronald Koeman, the one-time England isn’t an overly popular figure amongst the Toffees in the Tavern. Indeed, it’s been a bad enough season already.
So, imagine the frustration amongst our drinkers following reports from Yahoo Sport. According to a report from Duncan Castles on their site, the club AGREED a deal with Paulo Fonseca to take the reigns, only to see current club Shakhtar Donetsk reportedly block the appointment.
The Portuguese is understood to have agreed to move to England, not long after his team was praised by Pep Guardiola following their meeting in the Champions League, though the Ukranian giants are said to have prevented him from leaving. In fact, Guardiola himself is previously reported to have given his personal seal of approval.
Fonseca would apparently be open to the idea of taking the reigns in the summer, when he’d be a free agent, though it’s unclear as to whether Everton will try and bring him in again.
Allardyce may not be a popular appointment, though there is genuinely a real chance that Everton could go down. Following the loss to Southampton, anything other than a win against West Ham could mean a firefighter such as Big Sam would really have to come in.