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Three managerial possibilities to revitalise struggling Everton

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Three managerial possibilities to revitalise struggling Everton

The Toffees could look to replace Sam Allardyce in the summer.

After Sam Allardyce was given the Everton job back in October he was given one initial task: survival.

Ensuring Everton were clear of the drop and the former England national team manager has done just that.

However, Toffees’ fans are still not happy despite climbing the table since the appointment of the former West Ham manager.

There is a toxic feel at Goodison Park with the style of play coming under scrutiny in recent weeks.

Everton’s manager, at times, has failed to match the club’s ambition, famously celebrating draws against struggling sides such as Southampton and Swansea.

Despite having another year on his contract, there is the feeling that the board could still make a managerial change in the summer.

Today, Everton are still a Premier League juggernaut and the name will always attract top quality managers.

But who should the club consider to revitalise an evidently jaded squad?

Arsene Wenger

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Arguably a long shot, however, Everton should be considering the future plans for Premier League veteran Arsene Wenger.

Despite being pushed out by the Gunners after constant protests for his resignation, as well as leaving the club outside the top-four for a second season running, the Frenchman still has greatest winning experience of any of the other candidates.

A true football romantic and lover of the game, Wenger still may feel he has a story or two left to tell in the Premier League and with a decent budget he could do well at Goodison.

Last season, Everton showed their ambition by handing Ronald Koeman £140 million to spend in the summer. Could they be ready to do it again with a new man in charge?

Wenger has shown this term that he is still capable of signing top-players, even when Champions League football isn’t on the cards. This was evidenced by the capture of Pierre-Emerick AubameyangHenrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette.

This could give Evertonians hope that, if Wenger were to be appointed, he would not only offer stability but the positive brand of football that the club has been craving in recent months.

 

Eddie Howe

One of the most underrated managers in the country.

Eddie Howe has successfully guided Bournemouth to their third successive Premier League safety mark after beating Swansea and the Englishman deserves to be in the running for some of England’s biggest jobs.

Howe has not only kept Bournemouth in the league for another year but has done it with his attacking brand of football that a number of struggling clubs tend to avoid.

This style of football, in a team with better resources, could be the perfect match.

Patrick Viera

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Another former Gooner and currently managing in Major League Soccer, Patrick Viera is another impressive candidate that Everton should be considering.

Following two successful seasons with New York City, the former Arsenal captain believes he is ready to take his talents elsewhere, stating he is “ready to coach any side in Europe.”

Viera has implemented the modern, attractive football he was coached at Arsenal and it has paid dividends, with his MLS side finishing runners-up in the Eastern Conference in each of his two campaigns in charge.

The Premier League legend may not be the most experienced manager on the shortlist but his playing days give him an advantage over most of his competitors.

His experience in North London saw him as one of the most tenacious leaders in world football and a presence that would influence any dressing room.

Viera is another manager who could be worth a gamble for Everton as he looked to prove himself as a genuine top manager.

With fans desperate to see Allardyce go, could the Frenchman be the breath of fresh air the club needs?

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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