Paul Merson urges Everton to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo ahead of David Moyes
Everton have been urged to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo as their next manager by former England midfielder, Paul Merson.
Santo is out of work after leaving Wolves at the end of last season. Everton, meanwhile, are looking for a successor to Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti surprisingly left the Toffees this week. An enticing offer from Real Madrid enough to tempt the Italian back to Spain and away from Goodison.
It means Everton are once again looking for a new coach. David Moyes has been mentioned, while Nuno is another name being touted around.
And Merson, writing for the Daily Star, believes he can see why Ancelotti left, before calling on the club to appoint Nuno Santo this summer.
“Carlo Ancelotti quitting Everton did not surprise me one bit. He looked like he’d lost interest. And he’s not stupid. He would have seen the last few weeks that they are miles away,” Merson said.
“Where do they go now? David Moyes has just built a great team at West Ham. If he went back to Everton he’d have to start from scratch again. Everton should go for Nuno Espirito Santo. He’s got Premier League experience and I’ve always thought he could manage a big club.”
Santo led Wolves to a seventh place finish in the Premier League. But he struggled last season. Diogo Jota was sold to Liverpool, while Pedro Neto suffered an injury in the final months of the season.
Raul Jimenez also missed the campaign with his serious head injury.
Nuno Santo at Everton could work, his work with Wolves was top class
While Wolves weren’t a great watch, you can’t knock the job Santo did at the club really. Yes, he was backed, but he still led them to safety and Europe.
A job at Goodison Park might be just the ticket. With fans back, Nuno might thrive again and the Everton faithful would take to him.
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