Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in high spirits in the last few hours following the news that manager Sam Allardyce has left the club after just seven months in charge.
The 63-year-old replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman back in November with the Toffees languishing in relegation trouble, and while it was far from pretty as the season wore on, the Merseysiders comfortably avoided the drop under the former England chief, eventually finishing in eighth place in the table. However, their rise up the division wasn’t enough to prevent Everton fans taking aim at the former Crystal Palace boss in the final few games of the campaign, and they have since got their wish with Allardyce no longer Toffees chief.
As such, several of our resident Evertonians are now turning their attentions towards who could replace the 63-year-old at Goodison Park, with former Hull City and Watford boss Marco Silva reportedly the man at the top of owner Farhad Moshiri’s wishlist.
However, the Merseyside outfit should forget about the Portuguese boss, and instead seek to bring 36-year-old Mikel Arteta back to the club for his first managerial role.
Ultimately, while Silva is highly rated by many in the Tavern, there are big question marks over his credentials following two ultimately disappointing spells in English football, firstly failing to keep Hull in the Premier League before failing to turnaround Watford’s poor run of form earlier this season.
Yes, there was a lot that was good about Silva’s management in spells at both clubs, but both finished on a negative note to throw into doubt whether he indeed has what it takes to lead Everton into a new era at their new stadium in the years to come.
And while Arteta has yet to manage in England, his affliation with the club alongside the high praise from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola suggests that he could be the ideal long-term appointment at Goodison Park.
The ex-midfielder spent six years at Everton between 2005 and 2011, in which time he played 209 times for the Toffees, netting 35 goals and laying on 33 assists along the way in an impressive spell in the North West.
The Spaniard certainly became a fan favourite during his time at the club before signing for Arsenal in 2011, twice winning the Player of the Season award in 2006 and 2007, yet it is in his coaching career alongside Guardiola at City in the last few years which have propelled Arteta towards his first job in management.
The 36-year-old joined Guardiola’s coaching team upon his appointment as City boss back in 2016, and it is Arteta who Guardiola has lauded this term for the upturn in form of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, both of whom have enjoyed stellar seasons at the Etihad Stadium.
And that ringing endorsement from arguably one of the best managers in the game must be of interest to Moshiri and the Everton hierarchy – it appears that Arteta is ready to make the step up into management.
And where better at a club he knows inside out after several successful years there, and one where he is likely to command the time and resources needed to take them to the next level in the coming years.
Yes, it would be a gamble given his lack of managerial experience, but the same could be said about appointing Silva, someone who has lost his last two jobs.
Thus, the Toffees should forget about the Portuguese boss, and instead seek to beat Arsenal to Arteta’s signature in the coming days and weeks.
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