Everton chiefs are reportedly now giving ‘serious consideration’ to making Mikel Arteta the club’s new permanent manager.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the current Manchester City assistant manager has been spoken about ‘at length’ by the Toffees board.
The 37-year-old has been with City since the summer of 2016 when Pep Guardiola took charge at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Premier League midfielder has been a key part of the club’s success over the past few years, and Guardiola has frequently praised his number two for the job that he does.
Guardiola reiterated in a press conference on Friday his belief that Arteta is ready to manage a team as the main man (Metro).
TBR’s view – Arteta a risk worth taking
Everton could do a lot worse than to hire Arteta as their next manager.
He obviously hasn’t managed as the main man before but, by all accounts, he is extremely qualified.
His contributions at Goodison Park as a player will surely mean he’d get the backing of the fans if given the job.
Guardiola has previously stated Arteta has an ‘incredible work ethic’ (Telegraph), so perhaps Everton can ill-afford to pass the opportunity up.