Everton interviewed recently departed former Arsenal manager Unai Emery before appointing Ronald Koeman in 2016, according to the Times.
The Spaniard was dismissed by the Gunners last week after an underwhelming start to the season and the report says he was among the candidates the Toffees considered to replace Roberto Martinez.
Emery also has Champions League experience from his time with Paris Saint-Germain, but the question is; do Everton still hold him in the same regard?
He clearly didn’t interview as well as Koeman three years ago, and may well have been bruised by his first experience in English football – but could Everton go back for him now?
TBR’s View – Emery’s CV is of the right standard but he failed to implement an Arsenal identity
The idea of Emery on paper is not a bad one; a Europa League winner with experience of scopping league titles in France and managing in the Champions League. He now has experience of English football too.
But Arsenal found out that in practice, Emery was unable to mould new signings into a cohesive unit with a clear identity.
It also depends whether he needs a break after Arsenal or whether he is keen to throw himself straight back in.
Chris Wilder is playing aggressive, front-foot football – the type Everton fans love to see – at Sheffield United, but may be hard to snare.
Emery has clearly impressed Everton from afar before and is now available, potentially with a point to prove. At a time when obvious candidates are thin on the ground, perhaps the Toffees will sniff around him once more.