Everton are plotting an approach for New York City manager Patrick Vieira, according to a report.
The Metro claims that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has decided that he wants a “young, dynamic coach” to replace Sam Allardyce in the summer and he now has Vieira, 41, on his radar.
It is understood that the former France international earns £2million-a-year in his deal at MLS franchise New York City, who he has been in charge of since January 2016, and Everton should easily be able to offer him a better rate of pay at Goodison Park.
Football Insider verdict
No matter what happens with Everton’s managerial situation, they would be taking a risk by replacing Allardyce. Should they take that risk? Absolutely. Allardyce is draining the life out of the club and while he may ensure a mid-table finish, that is not something that the Toffees should accept. When Moshiri and Bill Kenwright looked to replace Ronald Koeman last year, their search was a complete mess because the two Goodison Park chiefs both wanted different things. It seems that Moshiri is putting his foot down this time though and he will get what he wants. Vieira looks as though he could be a good appointment. The man is a born-winner and as every saw in his playing career, a fierce leader. He has performed well at New York City in the MLS and while the Premier League is a big step up, it’s a much more exciting move for the fans, who need some sort of respite after a horrific campaign.
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