Everton news: Toffees must go for Celtic's Rodgers despite Liverpool link

By Russell Edge

5th Mar, 2018 | 2:39pm

Everton must forget rivalries and poach Celtic hero to replace under-fire figure


Everton must forget about any rivalries with Liverpool and look to secure a move for Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers to replace the under-fire Sam Allardyce either now or in the summer.

The Toffees have endured a tumultuous season in the Premier League and will be wishing it would end sooner rather than later in order to rebuild, refocus and regenerate ahead of the next campaign.

It was a disastrous start under Ronald Koeman, the Dutch manager seeing his newly built side, which came after some serious spending last summer, slip into an early relegation battle, ultimately ending his time at Goodison Park.

His replacement was former England boss Allardyce, but after a bright start which lifted them up the top flight table, the relationship has turned sour, and owner Farhad Moshiri is said to be ready to axe the ex-Newcastle manager ahead of the end of his contract, which expires in 2019.

If that is the case, then Moshiri and the rest of the Everton board will be looking to secure a new manager, and they should be looking north of the border to a man who will be recognised by many on Merseyside.

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Brendan Rodgers spent three years in charge of the Toffees’ inter-city rivals Liverpool before an acrimonious ending at Anfield, and moved to Parkhead in 2016 where he went on to secure a treble as well as go through his debut season unbeaten domestically, instantly becoming a hero for the Hoops.

There should be little doubt over his ambition to succeed in England once again, and if the right job opportunity came up, he may well be willing to forgo his high ranking status with the Hoops to prove himself in the English top flight.

Everton could be the perfect place for him to rid his reputation after his time with the Reds and if he could challenge Liverpool with the Toffees, and even secure a win over his former side, it would be the vindication he no doubts desires after they axed him for their mediocre performances and results.

Joey Barton has questioned whether his connections with Liverpool would rule him out of the running for the role – but Rodgers might well be tempted even more to turn Everton into the noisy neighbours just a mile away from Anfield.

In other Everton news, the club are ready to pounce for a top flight powerhouse as a result of a mass exodus.

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