Everton have been in contact with the agent of Marcelino, and the Spaniard is interested in a move to England, according to reports.
As was to be expected after Everton announced on Thursday that Marco Silva had been sacked as manager, a plethora of names have been thrown out in contention to replace the Portuguese coach in the Goodison Park hot-seat.
Former Valencia manager Marcelino is one such name who has been frequently linked in the past few weeks, and new reports claim that actual contact has now been made between his representatives and Everton.
According to The Athletic, Everton have made contact with Marcelino’s agent, and the Spaniard is believed to be keen on coming to England as he harbours ambitions of managing a club capable of cracking the top six.
The report also confirms news reported by Sky Sports this morning, that Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira is also a target, while Getafe’s Jose Bordalas is a new name thrown into the mix.
More than 100 managers have reportedly been in contact with director of football Marcel Brands about the vacancy, demonstrating how attractive the job is despite Everton’s current predicament.
One man who isn’t interested though is Mauricio Pochettino. It had been reported earlier today that Everton had made contact with him, but The Athletic claim that those attempts were rebuffed by Pochettino’s people.
Another man who doesn’t seem realistic at this stage is Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, with the report claiming that although Everton have not yet made contact despite Brands favouring him, that the Dutchman isn’t overly keen.
Should Marcelino be appointed, he would bring a wealth of experience and success with him to Merseyside.
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It isn’t a surprise that both Pochettino and Ten Hag aren’t keen on an Everton move. The former can have whatever club he wants, while Ten Hag is reportedly being eyed by Bayern Munich.
Marcelino though would be a good bet for Everton, with his previous record in Spain speaking for itself. He knows how to come into a club in disarray and get them playing his way.
It definitely seems as though Farhad Moshiri has a specific type of manager in mind though, as Marcelino is certainly a project manager in the vein of Marco Silva. If he comes in, hopefully this time it works out better.