Report: After Everton links emerged, 'world class' boss became elusive in now-failed talks with other club
Everton remain in pursuit of a new manager following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.
Crystal Palace are looking for a new manager after Roy Hodgson left upon the expiry of his contract.
Both Everton and Palace were reportedly eyeing Nuno Espirito Santo, formerly of Wolves.
The Eagles were in talks with the Portuguese, but they apparently failed.
Now, The Athletic has provided a detailed account as to what reportedly happened in talks.
Firstly, Nuno apparently wanted to bring along a significant entourage of coaches and other backroom staff.
This would have increased the overall package cost, threatened current staff’s roles, and they’d have probably left with Nuno if things didn’t work out.
The Athletic then claims that agent Jorge Mendes began to put forward a drip-feed of unanticipated demands, caveats and “cake-and-eat-it clauses”.
These apparently covered several aspects, such as financial, contractual, logistical or recruitment and staffing.
The Athletic went on to claim that, while it’s unclear how keen Everton were on recruiting Nuno, talks apparently took place.
There was clearly a level of interest in Nuno’s camp over the prospect of working at Everton, added the outlet.
And with the seed of doubt sown in Nuno’s head, he apparently became elusive as the landscape constantly shifted amid new demands.
Eventually, Palace pulled the plug.
Everton’s gain? – TBR View
Negotiations in football are often long-winded processes with a lot of things put on the table.
By the sounds of it, Nuno may well have had his head turned by the prospect of managing Everton.
While it’s a shame for Palace, this could well play into the Toffees’ hands and they could end up landing a top manager.
“Tactically I think he is on another level,” Matt Doherty told the Express & Star about Nuno in 2019.
“He is a world-class manager and his man management skills are also excellent.”
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