By Danny Wright
Everton have made contact with Walter Mazzarri with the view to him replacing Ronald Koeman in the Goodison Park hotseat should his position become untenable, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Mazarri, 56, is ready to jet in to Merseyside for an interview should the Dutchman face the axe by the Toffees hierarchy after a miserable start to the Premier League season which has seen them win just two of their first seven fixtures.
Sunday’s home defeat at the hands of Burnley appears to have been what has tipped Everton over the edge and start to make plans to replace Koeman.
It is understood that Mazzarri, who was axed by Watford earlier this year, is also wanted by AC Milan but the Italian manager is reported to be keen on taking charge at Everton and will turn down any opportunity to return to the San Siro after a previous stint with Inter Milan.
Mazzarri impressed in charge at Watford last season as he managed to avoid relegation but was replaced by Marco Silva as the campaign came to a close.
Football Insider Verdict
The Everton owners backed Koeman to spend big in the summer transfer window, so now they need to back him to get the season back on track. They should not overlook how tough a run of fixtures that the Toffees had been handed in August and September, with most of last term’s top six coming to blows with the Blues. After that things should certainly improve and by then the new signings should have fully settled in. To make plans to interview someone while Koeman there shows a complete lack of loyalty and faith. If anything, it would be a surprise to see Koeman walk should this turn out to be true.
In other Everton news, Ian Wright has suggested how long Koeman has to turn things around at Goodison Park.