Everton supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side ease past relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town 2-0 on Saturday to consolidate eighth place in the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their encounter with the struggling Terriers off the back of a 1-0 success over Newcastle United on Monday night, a result which moved them above Leicester into eighth in the table. And the Toffees moved further clear of Claude Puel’s side on Saturday as goals from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye secured a routine victory for the Merseysiders in Yorkshire, a result which moved them to within six points of seventh place Burnley with two games remaining, albeit they have a much inferior goal difference.
Consequently, there have been many satisfied Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can maintain their fine recent form between now and the end of the season to thus build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Evertonians to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Paulo Fonseca has said no to taking over at Goodison Park this summer, as he is reportedly holding out for the Arsenal job.
As such, Everton must now turn their attentions to Burnley manager Sean Dyche as the replacement for awful Allardyce, as the job he has done at Turf Moor would probably win the manager of the year award in any other season were it not for Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City.
Ultimately, there are some disappointed Toffees supporters in the Tavern at news of Fonseca’s decision, with many in awe of the job he has done at Shakhtar Donetsk in recent seasons, and thus very hopeful that he was the man to take over at their club to move them forward in the years to come.
And while Allardyce continues to get results at the Merseyside outfit, they have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games, he is struggling to win over the Everton faithful with his negative style of play, with many calling for his departure this summer.
And Dyche could be the ideal man to take over and move the club on in the years to come.
The 46-year-old has without doubt done a sterling job at Burnley since taking over back in 2012, helping the Clarets win promotion back in 2014 before helping them return to the top-flight two years later following relegation in 2015.
And after guiding them to safety last season, Dyche has since taken them to the next level in likely leading them to a seventh place finish this term – all of which done on a shoe-string budget and ultimately getting the best out of the players he has at his disposal.
Thus, there are certainly parallels with the job David Moyes did at Everton prior to his move to Manchester United back in 2013, but this time things would likely be different given that Dyche would have money to spend, arguably for the first time in his career.
And given what he has been able to achieve with little financial power at Burnley, he could certainly replicate that and better it at Everton, thus setting them up perfectly for their move into their new stadium in years to come.
Yes, some Evertonians may be concerned that the style of play would be similar under Dyche as it is under Allardyce, but Dyche simply gets the best out of what he has at Burnley – he may be able to develop his style further with financial backing at Goodison Park.
Thus, with Fonseca having reportedly said no to the Everton job, the Toffees hierarchy must now turn to Dyche to replace the hugely unpopular Allardyce.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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