A report in Germany has revealed that Everton approached former Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac.
The Toffees decided to part ways with Marco Silva after his side slipped into the relegation zone in December following a 5-2 defeat to neighbours Liverpool at Anfield. After Duncan Ferguson took charge of the subsequent games, Carlo Ancelotti was hired, which was described as a ‘coup’ by BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty.
Still, it seems the Blues could have gone down a different route. According to Sport 1 (via Sport Witness), Everton made an official offer to Kovac as well as the three-time Champions League-winning manager after he was sacked by Stern des Südens last November. This reveals the reason why the 48-year-old boss was spotted in the stands at Goodison Park during the Toffees’ 3-1 win against Chelsea, which was the first match after Silva’s sacking.
Indeed, the publication also revealed that the opportunity came too soon for him and that he wanted the chance to ‘recharge the batteries’ before heading back into football management.
The decision for the Merseysiders to go with the former AC Milan and Napoli manager has proven to be a smart one considering the results he’s picked up since taking the reins, despite some initial doubts from the likes of Jamie Carragher. Furthermore, the excitement of Ancelotti coming to Goodison Park would have been much greater than if Kovac was given the position, with all due respect, given his standing in the game.
The former Bayern man’s decision to reject the approach was admirable given that he effectively turned down a hefty pay-day because he did not believe he was ready, but with the Toffees now just five points behind fifth place, which could potentially bring Champions League football, it seems to have been a blessing in disguise.
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