Steven Naismith responds when asked if Everton should hire Nuno Espirito Santo, amid reports
Steven Naismith has told Sky Sports News (Tuesday, 10.50AM) that the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo at Everton would excite him. The ex-Wolves manager is looking for a new challenge and reports state he is one of the frontunners for the Everton role. Naismith has backed his arrival.
Santo, 47, has developed an excellent reputation from his time at Wolves – having previously impressed in stints at Porto and Valencia. But the ex-goalkeeper has now left Wolves after a mutual agreement between the two parties. Little surprise, then, that Everton want him at Goodison.
Everton are, somewhat surprisingly, having to look for a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti left to rejoin Real Madrid. According to Spanish newspaper AS, Santo has been offered to Everton by his agent. He is now looking for a new club and he is more than likely to remain in the Premier League.
Asked about a potential move to Goodison Park for Santo, ex-Everton striker Naismith believes such an appointment would excite fans. He believes that supporters want an attack-minded manager at Everton – and Santo has proven he is that from his time at Wolves.
“It does excite me,” Naismith said on Sky Sports News. “Since my time at the club under Martinez, the fans have enjoyed that style of football. The fans are hungry for attacking football. We produced that under Martinez. The fans take better to that type of football, than grinding out results.
“Ancelotti took the club forward with signings, but progression is challenging for Europe. Goodison is one of the best stadiums in England when it is packed. He’s a manager that definitely does excite, with the brand of football he showed at Wolves. It is an excellent job for any manager.”
Santo to Everton just makes sense, following Naismith comments
It is just the obvious, and right move. Santo has starred in his three years in the Premier League. While the latter was tough, he lost his best two players in Diogo Jota – to Liverpool – and then Raul Jimenez, who suffered a long-term head injury. He was tasked with an impossible job after that.
Santo needs to remain in the Premier League, but at a club where he can take them into the top six. Wolves probably reached their ceiling after getting into the Europa League quarter-finals – but Everton are more than capable of getting into the top six. Santo makes sense.