Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been using the last few days to look back at their side’s underwhelming season so far, and look ahead to what they may be able to salvage from it in the final few months of the campaign.
The 2017/18 season began with much optimism following their seventh place finish in the Premier League last term, alongside big investment over the summer with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, and Michael Keane making the move to Goodison Park. Yet things simply haven’t gone to plan for the Merseysiders with Ronald Koeman sacked back in October to be replaced by Sam Allardyce the month after, and while seventh place is still achievable this term, they also aren’t out of the relegation picture just yet.
Subsequently, there have been many disgruntled Evertonians in the Tavern for much of the season, with several unsure what direction the club are going to take in the summer given the disappointing campaign they have so far put together.
And reports suggest that manager Allardyce could well be axed over the summer for a ‘more dynamic coach’, news which has provoked quite a discussion among resident Everton fans regarding who their next manager could and indeed should be.
And many reckon that the club must be hugely ambitious and attempt to land Chelsea boss Antonio Conte this summer, as it is highly unlikely that the Italian will remain in charge at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.
Ultimately, the 48-year-old has proven his quality in English football by guiding the Blues to the Premier League title last season, leading them to 30 victories from 38 matches, including a sensational 13-game winning streak between October and December.
More impressively though was that the West London outfit were seriously struggling in September 2016 and had just been comprehensively beaten by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to sit ninth in the division, before Conte weaved his magic by changing the system, from which the Blues never looked back.
And it’s that sort of tactical nous, motivation, and overall managerial pedigree that can take Everton, a club with huge financial resources and a new stadium to come in the near future, to the next level.
Allardyce’s appointment was never going to be a long term one – the Toffees hierarchy saw a genuine threat of relegation, and who better to get them out of it than the 63-year-old. But he’s not going to take them up another level, as has been evidenced in their poor recent run of form.
Yet Conte can. He is the sort of big-name manager owner Farhad Moshiri seemingly wants in charge, having been linked with Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone in recent times, and as such is the sort of personality that will go into Everton and make a big difference, both in terms of the club in general and indeed in terms of improving the players.
Clearly, the former Italy boss is an outstanding manager, and while things haven’t gone as well at Chelsea this term, that appears to be par for the course for a Blues boss that the season before won the title.
As such, the 48-year-old is unlikely to be in charge at Stamford Bridge for the first game of next season, and as such Everton must do all they can to lure him to Goodison Park in a bid to finally make the step up to the next level.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!