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Forget Vieira: Everton should take punt on managerial prodigy to replace Allardyce

The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Sam Allardyce’s Everton career will come to a conclusion this summer after months of speculation regarding his future. 

Sam Allardyce has steadied the sinking ship and propelled Everton into the top-half of the table since he took over from David Unsworth in November 2017, but yet he cuts a hugely unpopular figure at Goodison Park. The style of football which Allardyce promotes has been slated to the ends of the earth by the resident Toffees faithful propping up our bar and, as such, they are calling for a change of personnel this summer.

Speculation regarding Allardyce’s future intensified this weekend after his players were booed off the field of play following a dismal first-half performance against Southampton on Saturday evening. Everton eventually salvaged a late equaliser through Tom Davies after Nathan Redmond had headed the Saints into a deserved lead, but that did not prevent speculation from continuing in the aftermath of proceedings.

According to a report published by Metro, Everton are keen to bring Patrick Vieira to the club this summer to undertake his first senior managerial position in English football. Although Vieira’s experience at Man City and New York City make him an excellent candidate for the role, the club should instead attempt to appoint Mikel Arteta instead.

Arteta is currently learning his trade alongside Pep Guardiola at Man City, so the standard of education he is receiving as a coach is about as elite as they come. With that to consider, it seems likely that Arteta will shortly possess the relevant tools to succeed in management along with an excellent understanding of Everton from the time he spent at Goodison during his playing career.

The Spaniard is a man who is firmly aware of the expectations and passion of the Everton supporters, and that factor alone counts for more than the experience which Vieira has accumulated in his short career so far. On paper, Arteta is a weaker candidate, but his history with the club combined with his managerial education should hold him in good stead to build a legacy on Merseyside during the years to come.

Everton fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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