The Times have claimed that Everton have made an approach to hire Mauricio Pochettino after The Toffees decided to end Marco Silva’s 18-month reign at Goodison Park on Thursday evening.
Silva has been under enormous pressure for the majority of his tenure, with Everton failing to challenge for a place in the top six despite many believing they have a squad capable of doing just that. They are currently in the bottom three.
Wednesday night’s heavy 5-2 defeat to Merseyside rivals Liverpool was enough for the Everton board. They chose to end the former Watford and Hull City manager’s time in charge. Now, they are looking at bringing Pochettino to Merseyside.
The former Southampton manager was replaced by Jose Mourinho in November at Tottenham, and has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton since his sacking. It remains to be seen if Pochettino is open to joining Everton.
Pochettino spent more than five years at Spurs, making them an established top-four side and taking them to the Champions League final. The Telegraph claims he was earning £163,000 at Spurs before his sacking.
TBR’s view – Can Everton lure Pochettino to Merseyside?
Pochettino would be a stunning appointment for Everton. Not only would his appointment redeliver the enthusiasm at Goodison Park, but his excellent man management would bring the best out of Everton’s faltering stars.
The problem Everton have is luring Pochettino to Everton. The former Espanyol boss has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, while Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have also been touted.
Can Everton beat some of Europe’s biggest sides to Pochettino? They will have to pay him handsomely, and promise plenty of funds to spend in January.