Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho are ‘genuine candidates’ to replace Marco Silva at Everton if the Portuguese head coach is fired, according to Football Insider.
Silva has seen his position at Goodison Park come under threat after taking just two wins in the opening eight games of the Premier League season, and allegedly fears he could be sacked if the Toffees lose at home to West Ham United.
Silva is said to have met with Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri twice in recent weeks (Football Insider), where it was made clear to the former Watford boss that he will be given time to turn the Merseyside outfit’s fortunes around.
But the Blues are thought to be lining up replacements for Silva after losing away to Burnley at the weekend, and two more names have since been added to early contenders Laurent Blanc and David Moyes.
According to one of Football Insider‘s sources from within Goodison Park, Everton fan-favourite Arteta and former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho are both ‘genuine candidates’ to replace Silva, should the Portuguese be sacked.
Mourinho is keen to secure a return to Premier League management, and recently rejected the chance to take charge of Ligue 1 strugglers Olympique Lyonnais (RMC Sport) because of his desire to remain in England.
Arteta is also said to be in contention to replace Silva and signal what would be his return to Goodison Park after eight years away, while making his first step into management after three years as the assistant to Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard rejected a chance to make the step into management with Newcastle United this summer having played a key part in the Citizens’ trophy-laden efforts last season, as he still strives to see City lift the Champions League trophy (SER Catalunya, via Chronicle).
A homecoming for Arteta could be the move which offers Everton a much-needed lift if Silva is to be relieved of his duties, but it would remain to be seen if such a move would offer the long-term results that could see the Toffees become challengers to the established top-six.
Manchester United saw a positive run begin when they fired Mourinho and appointed former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the helm, but the Norwegian is now faltering and at risk of being fired himself (Metro).
Arteta may be highly-rated as one of the rising stars of the coaching game for his work at the Etihad Stadium, but he has no experience as a number one coach and it is not clear how strong his man-management skills can be in a dressing room struggling for results.
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