Whilst Everton looked to be on the cusp of something special over the summer, given the appointment of Marco Silva and the introduction of a number of new signings, it just hasn’t worked out for them yet. The Toffees haven’t got off the ground as of yet, with Arsenal easily pushing them aside over the weekend.
It was the latest in a string of poor results for Everton, who currently find themselves in 12th place in the Premier League, with just 1 win so far this season.
We’ve seen in the past just how much a poor start can impact a team, but we’ve also seen how a big and bold decision can change things. Look at Crystal Palace last season. They were, like Everton, struggling, but replacing Frank de Boer allowed them to finally get some points.
Perhaps, though it would be a shame, it might be time for Silva to be moved on before it gets too late for Everton to reach what is undoubtedly their primary goal – a return to Europe.
Either way, replacing him with 1 of these 3 managers may help them achieve just that…
They say you should never go back, but for the Toffees – might it be time to do just that? In truth, Everton haven’t had stability since Moyes left the club for Man Utd, and that’s what they’re desperately lacking at this point.
Granted, his time since leaving Goodison Park hasn’t been great, but he was the manager to get them closest to European competition, and since him, they’ve hardly come close on a consistent basis.
He rebuilt some of his reputation at West Ham last season, but it’s clear that he’s needing of a project that will give him the time that he needs. Everton did just that last time out and it paid off handsomely. This would be a step back – but they could find themselves leaps and bounds ahead of their current position given time with Moyes at the helm.
Mikel Arteta was linked with the Arsenal post over the summer, and whilst he didn’t earn that role, that doesn’t take away from the quality that he possesses as a coach.
He’s currently an assistant at Man City, and Pep Guardiola spoke earlier this year about the quality of the Spaniard – and that’s high praise indeed.
He doesn’t have managerial experience on his side, but he does have that Everton link from his playing days, and there aren’t many better ways to learn than by working with arguably the world’s best coach every single day in Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard will likely provide attacking football and he has a fantastic, albeit short, resume. It’s a risk, but it could work out.
Rafael Benitez, in contrast to Arteta, is an experienced hand – having managed some of Europe’s best teams across Europe. With experience both at home and abroad, few managers can boast the experience that he has.
He’s currently at Newcastle, and despite some difficult circumstances, he’s done very well at St James’ Park.
In particular, he’s done well even though he’s had very limited funds to spend, and given how much Everton have spent in recent years, it would be intriguing to see how well Benitez would do with a bit of financial backing.
He’s a safe option, and he knows what it’s like to manage at the top in the Premier League – whilst he’s also a Europa League and Champions League winner.