The Everton fans have been feeling content in the Transfer Tavern recently after their side all but secured their Premier League survival, but that has not prevented them from speculating about the future of Sam Allardyce.
When Sam Allardyce took over from David Unsworth at the beginning of December 2017, he was handed the responsibility of keeping his side in the top-flight. Allardyce’s career has been built on his ability to ensure teams avoid the drop, so it’s no surprise that he completed that particular objective with 7 fixtures left to play this season.
However, Allardyce’s style of play and inability to secure many positive results on the road has provoked plenty of The Toffees faithful propping up our bar to call for his dismissal in the summer. Whether or not the board are in agreement with the supporters remains to be seen, but considering the level of discontent shown towards the manager, it seems likely that he will be replaced at the end of the season.
The likes of Marco Silva and Mikel Arteta have been a core feature of conversations concerning the next Everton manager. Both of the aforementioned pairing have strong credentials to step into the Everton hot-seat this summer, but the club would also be wise to explore the possibility of employing Roberto Mancini next season.
The former Premier League title winner is currently in charge of Zenit St Petersburg in Russia where he took charge in the summer of 2017. Mancini has enjoyed a mixed opening to life in Russia; his side are knocking on the door for a place in the Champions League but they were recently dumped out of the Europa League at the last-sixteen stage by RB Leipzig.
If he can lead his side to a top-three finish this season then Zenit’s campaign should be regarded as a success, but Everton should make every effort to appoint him even if he fails to achieve that aim. Mancini is an infectiously passionate manager who finds it easy to connect with the supporters, and his success with Manchester City proves that he can effectively deal with the demands and pressures of the Premier League
Unlike Allardyce, Mancini is a manger who isn’t afraid to take risks with attacking team-selections, and his experience with high calibre clubs such as Man City and Inter Milan make him an ideal candidate to catalyse a significant improve at Goodison Park next season.