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'The time is now', 'exciting': Some Everton fans really want 'great' 51-year-old manager

There’s a lot of speculation about who the next Everton boss could be in wake of Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.

The Italian, who had three years left on his Toffees contract, has returned to Real Madrid.

Everton are now on the lookout for his replacement, and a number of names have been linked with the role.

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The Athletic claims that Everton board members were asked to draw up an initial longlist of potential candidates on Tuesday.

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Steven Gerrard, Nuno Espirito Santo, Paulo Fonseca, David Moyes and Roberto Martinez have been linked.

Everton are reportedly also eyeing Erik ten Hag, the Ajax boss, and he seems a popular choice amongst Toffees fans.

Who is Erik ten Hag?

The 51-year-old was a centre-back in his playing days.

He played for FC Twente, De Graafschap, RKC Waalwijk and FC Utrecht, winning a Dutch Cup and a Dutch second-division title.

Ten Hag then began his managerial career in 2012 at Go Ahead Eagles.

He has worked his way up the career ladder, joining Ajax in 2017, and has been superb at the Johan Cruyff arena.

Ten Hag has two Eredivisie titles, two Dutch Cups and a Johan Cruyff Shield to his name.

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Praise from across the city

Just last year, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp provided a glowing assessment of Ten Hag.

“Erik is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting coaching talents in world football at the moment because of the work he does with Ajax,” Klopp said in December 2020, via Planet Football.

“Exciting style of football”

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Ten Hag is a quality manager who has proven himself at Ajax and looks destined for a move elsewhere.

Admittedly, he recently signed a new deal at the Amsterdam giants, but only until 2023.

Everton need a top manager to replace the high-calibre Ancelotti and Ten Hag certainly fits the bill.

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