By Danny Wright
Garth Crooks has claimed that Everton should have made an approach for Brighton boss Chris Hughton by now to fill the managerial vacancy at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have been on the lookout for a new boss for two weeks since Ronald Koeman was sacked after a dismal start to the campaign despite spending a huge amount in the summer.
BBC pundit Crooks believes that although Sean Dyche would be a top candidate to become the next Everton boss, he also thinks that Hughton should be considered by the Goodison board.
The ex-Tottenham and West Brom player has suggested that the Brighton boss, who guided them to their first Premier League promotion last season, will also be very good at controlling the money spent on transfers.
“Chris Hughton is doing such a fantastic job at Brighton it is almost an indictment that Everton have not approached him to fill their vacancy,” he said on the BBC Sport website.
“I have already recommended Sean Dyche for the post, but I can’t mention the Burnley manager without mentioning Hughton in the same breath. Hughton has, unlike Dyche, done the business at a number of clubs and is a conservative manager in the sense that he will not spend a chairman’s money recklessly.
“He is respected by players, in a way the great former Everton manager Harry Catterick was adored by his playing staff, and is perfect for a club like Everton.”
Since Koeman was sacked, David Unsworth has taken caretaker charge of the club, failing to win a single game before Sunday’s miraculous comeback victory over Watford.
Goals from Oumar Niasse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Leighton Baines saw the Toffees move out of the relegation zone with a 3-2 win, despite going two goals down and Tom Cleverley missing a last-gasp penalty for the Hornets.
Everton now have a couple of weeks before their next Premier League fixture due to the international break and are very likely to have a permanent boss at the reins by then.