Everton supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side fail to record a first victory over Liverpool since 2010 in drawing the Merseyside derby 0-0 on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Reds off the back of losing 3-1 at home to Premier League champions-elect Manchester City in their previous league outing, whom Liverpool then thumped 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final a few days later. And the return leg at the Etihad Stadium this week was certainly in Jurgen Klopp’s mind as he made several changes at Goodison Park on Saturday, yet the Toffees were still unable to beat their city neighbours after only mustering a goalless draw at the weekend.
Subsequently, there have been many frustrated Evertonians in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can finish the campaign strongly to build some momentum for next season, starting at Swansea City on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with former France manager Laurent Blanc.
And given the 52-year-old’s efforts in charge of the national team, and indeed Paris Saint-Germain, there’s little doubting that the Frenchman would be the perfect replacement for awful Allardyce at Goodison Park.
Ultimately, the ex-Manchester United defender made his name as a manager in leading Bordeaux to a surprise Ligue 1 title back in 2009, in what was their first domestic league crown since 1999, at the same time ending Lyon’s incredible run of seven straight titles.
And by leading the French club to top spot in their Champions League group the year after, a group which included Bayern Munich and Juventus, it was clear that the former centre-back had huge pedigree in management, pedigree which earned him the France job in 2010.
And while Blanc didn’t lead his country to international success during his stint in charge, he lost just four of his 27 matches in charge of Les Bleus, and clearly did something right during his time in charge to earn the PSG job back in 2013, with whom he won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles.
As such, just by the calibre of jobs he has earned in the last few years, there’s little doubting that Blanc is the big-name manager owner Farhad Moshiri is after at Goodison Park, what with the Toffees recently linked with Diego Simeone.
And it may take a manager of that calibre to thrust Everton into the top six conversation every season, and with a new stadium to come in the near future, the next few years are pivotal in making sure that the Toffees are in a great position to begin their new era – Blanc could be the right man for that task.
Yes, leading PSG to domestic glory isn’t necessarily the toughest of challenges, but Unai Emery wasn’t able to do that in charge of the French giants last season, so Blanc’s achievements of three successive titles shouldn’t be disregarded.
And with time in the Premier League with United, with whom he won the title in 2003, the 52-year-old wouldn’t be arriving in England completely unaware of the division and what it’s about, even if he hasn’t managed in the country before.
And with Allardyce not winning over many Everton supporters with his style of play and negative tactics, a change looks in the offing this summer, and with Blanc currently out of a job, he appears to be the perfect replacement for Allardyce at Goodison Park.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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