Kevin Ratcliffe has told the Sunday Mirror (1/12; page 67) that he wants Everton to target Mauricio Pochettino before Arsenal or Manchester United make a move for the Argentinian.
The Mirror suggests that Marco Silva is on borrowed time at Goodison Park. The Toffees are languishing around the relegation zone in the Premier League having lost four of their last nine games.
The Daily Mirror recently reported that Everton are interested in David Moyes. But Farhad Moshiri has held off making an approach for their former manager because he is not expecting the fans to be overly enthused about a potential appointment.
And Ratcliffe is amongst those who would prefer to see the club pursue a different option. He has implored the board to make an ambitious move to land Pochettino while he is available.
“As far as I know, Pochettino has never been mentioned in the boardroom. Why? You have got to at least ask the question – what would it take to entice that calibre of manager,” he told the Sunday Mirror (1/12; page 67).
“I know we haven’t got European football and that’s a big negative. Is that why we are looking at the likes of Moyes?
“If Everton don’t do anything over Pochettino then before you know it Arsenal will have snapped him up, or in a few months time maybe Manchester United.”
While there have been times in recent years when Everton have arguably had the potential to lure some marquee names to Goodison Park, it would be a big surprise if Pochettino was interested in a move to Merseyside at the moment.
The Toffees should clearly be doing a lot better. And they have the potential to turn things around dramatically. But Pochettino is surely not going to be the man to oversee that transformation.
Nevertheless, you could certainly understand why Ratcliffe wants his old club to ask the question.