Everton supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team produce a largely flat display in drawing 1-1 with Premier League strugglers Swansea City on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash in South Wales off the back of drawing 0-0 with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby the week before, yet having won their last away league match courtesy of a 2-1 success at Stoke City in the middle of March. And they looked on course for back-to-back victories on their travels when a Kyle Naughton own goal gave them the lead at the Liberty Stadium, only for Jordan Ayew’s strike 19 minutes from time to preserve a point for Carlos Carvalhal’s side, thus leaving Everton ninth in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many frustrated Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are getting increasingly annoyed with manager Allardyce, who came in for much criticism from the away support at Swansea last weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Chelsea have made Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri their number one managerial target for the summer.
Yet with reports recently suggesting that Everton owner Farhad Moshiri could seek to make a change himself during the close season, the Merseysiders must seek to hijack the Blues’ reported move for the Italian.
Ultimately, the 59-year-old has done a terrific job at the Serie A club since taking over back in June 2015, winning 95 of his 143 games in charge of the Italian outfit, and leading the club to second place in the top-flight in his first season back in 2015/16.
And with a third place finish to follow last time out, and well on their way to at least a second place finish this term, Sarri has done a magnificent job in turning Napoli into a side challenging for the Champions League spots every season after a fifth place finish under Rafa Benitez back in 2014/15.
Yes, they haven’t quite been able to have the European success under the Italian, they were knocked out in the group stages of the Champions League this season, but they are currently closer to leaders Juventus than they have been for some time, with just four points separating the two teams heading into the final five games of the campaign.
And with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola heaping praise on Sarri’s side earlier in the campaign following a 2-1 win for his side in the group stages of the Champions League, in which he said they were ‘one of the best teams’ he has ever faced, it’s evident the incredible job Sarri has done at the Stadio San Paolo.
And his efforts and achievements must be of interest to Everton owner Moshiri.
The Toffees have endured an underwhelming campaign to date and will certainly be looking towards a top six challenge next time round and in the years to come, especially when they move into their new stadium.
And with Moshiri seemingly eyeing a big-name manager to take over, having been linked with Diego Simeone in the past, they could do a lot worse than Sarri, who has been heralded as one of the best managers in Europe in recent times such have been his efforts at Napoli.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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