By Alex Taylor
Everton have been hit by a double manager snub as two leading candidates were distanced from the vacant Goodison post.
Sevilla manager Unai Emery is “not on the market” according to the club’s president Jose Castro, while Southampton director Les Reed has revealed Ronald Koeman is in talks about a new contract.
Both managers have been tipped to succeed Roberto Martinez, who was sacked by Everton at the end of the season.
Emery guided Sevilla to a third consecutive Europa League triumph last week and also steered the Spanish club to a 7th place finish in La Liga.
“He is crazy about football, the hours he puts in, how he manages the squad,” said Castro, as quoted by ESPN. “I say that now after being successful, but also at the start of the season. I can tell you he has said he is not on the market and is not thinking about anything else.”
Koeman has been linked with the position for months after another strong season in the Premier League with Southampton.
The Dutchman has guided the Saints to back-to-back record breaking points totals in the Premier League and this season secured Europa League football.
But the chances of the 53-year-old moving north now seem extremely unlikely after Reed revealed discussion about a new Southampton contract are advanced.
“We’re now at a point, as Ronald has said himself, where we’re actually getting down to the details of the contract, which is where agents and lawyers get involved,” Reed said. |Everything is going very positively at the moment.”
The likes of Manuel Pellegrini, Frank de Boer and ex-Goodison boss David Moyes have all been closely linked with the vacant post.
Martinez enjoyed a strong first season in charge of the Toffee’s in which he finished 5th with 72 points – the most achieved by an Everton side since they last won the league title in 1986-87.
Since then though Everton have struggled finishing 11th last year before finishing in the same position again this season.
A banner displaying the message ‘Time to go Roberto’ was flown over Goodison Park in late April and seemed to condemn the man who promised to bring Champions League football to Merseyside.
A successor is yet to be appointed.
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