Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he was given a three-hour interview for the Everton job before it was handed to Carlo Ancelotti.
Emery was sacked by Arsenal in November and wanted to get right back into the game with the Toffees, but was not handed the job after the interview.
On Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, via Daily Mail, Emery said: “Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview. They already liked me when I went to Paris Saint-Germain.”
Now, the report states that Emery is heading back to his native Spain, but has not had any offers to return to management yet.
TBR’s View – Emery needs a break from the game after tough Arsenal experience
Jumping back into English football management at Everton would have been a risk for Emery, and also a risk for the Toffees to take.
The stagnation at the club is such that four games into Ancelotti’s reign, he is already on the verge of a crisis, with fans absolutely raging – and rightly so – about last weekend’s derby loss at Anfield.
To have Emery guiding the ship after a chastening experience at Arsenal which damaged his reputation as well as looking to wear him down would have been unlikely to end well.