Mauricio Pochettino has rejected the chance to succeed Marco Silva at Everton, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (8/12; page 65).
The news that most Toffees fans had been expecting for some time was confirmed this week with Silva departing Goodison Park in the wake of the club’s Merseyside derby defeat.
Duncan Ferguson has eased some of the pressure on the hierarchy by overseeing a stunning victory over Chelsea on Saturday. Nevertheless, it is no surprise that the Toffees are already stepping up their pursuit of Silva’s successor.
The Sun on Sunday (8/12; page 65) reports that Everton approached Pochettino about the job. The Argentinian, of course, is currently out of work after leaving Tottenham Hotspur last month.
But it appears that Pochettino will not be making the switch to Goodison Park. The Sun on Sunday has suggested that the 47-year-old has politely declined the chance to join the Toffees.
Everton fans will probably not be too surprised by Pochettino’s reported decision. It looked to be an ambitious move with Pochettino’s stock still incredibly high despite how his final months at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium played out.
There was clearly no harm in asking. Everton are a massive club despite their current form, and approaching Pochettino sends out a positive statement about their ambition.