Everton supporters have been relatively quiet in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team fail to end an eight-year wait for victory over Merseyside rivals Liverpool following a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their meeting with the Reds having lost 3-1 to Premier League champions-elect Manchester City in their preceding league outing, who Liverpool then comprehensively beat 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in midweek. And with the return leg to come on Tuesday, manager Jurgen Klopp made several changes to his starting eleven at Goodison Park, but the Toffees were still unable to record a first win over the Reds since 2010 after only managing a goalless draw at Anfield.
As such, there have been many frustrated Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can get back to winning ways when they visit relegation-threatened Swansea City this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Everton fans to discuss, not least the managerial situation at Goodison Park what with many reports recently suggesting that Allardyce will be replaced in the summer.
And a new name reportedly in the running for the job is former Leicester City chief Claudio Ranieri, who appears to be exactly the man to take Everton forward in the years to come.
Ultimately, the 66-year-old will best be known by English football fans for the incredible job he did at the King Power Stadium between 2015 and 2017, with the Italian going into a club that narrowly avoided relegation in the 2014/15 season, and turning them into Premier League champions 12 months later.
Yes, things didn’t quite go as well for Ranieri the campaign after despite leading them through the group stages of the Champions League, but his achievements in the 2015/16 simply cannot be forgotten by any club seeking a new manager this summer.
What Ranieri created at Leicester was remarkable. All the players were pulling the same direction for both the manager and the club, and that sort of commitment and dedication to the cause could be exactly what Everton need going forward next term.
Clearly, this term has been a disappointing one for Toffees fans up and down the country, but with the financial power there and a new stadium to come in the not-too-distant future, they have to resurrect their top six challenge next season to set them up perfectly for the future.
Evidently, Allardyce isn’t the man to do that, but Ranieri’s CV in winning a Premier League title with Leicester, further experience near the top with Chelsea, and trophy-winning pedigree from spells in Italy and Spain makes him an ideal replacement for the Englishman.
As such, owner Farhad Moshiri must forget about current boss Allardyce, and instead seek to lure 66-year-old league winner Ranieri to Goodison Park this summer, as he appears to be the right man to take the club forward in the coming years.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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