Everton are poised to hold further talks with Sam Allardyce as they look to appoint a new boss, but have also been in discussions with two more managers, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has been in talks with the Toffees over a return to club management while the agent of Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca has also been in contact.
It is understood that Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has come around to the idea of appointing Allardyce, 63, to be the successor to Ronald Koeman in the Goodison Park hotseat, but there is still a rift in the boardroom with other key figures not so keen.
The report states that there is now expected to be a decision made on Tuesday about who the Toffees will pursue in their bid to end what has now been an over-five-week-long search to replace Koeman, who was sacked in October.
Former England and Crystal Palace boss Allardyce is believed to have rejected advances from Everton earlier this month as Watford’s Marco Silva was clearly their number one choice.
However the Daily Mail reports they have now ended their pursuit of Silva.
Football Insider Verdict
This is quite a huge development because now it seems Everton have a trio of choices. Allardyce is the obvious pick and it seems that he is the most popular one with Moshiri. O’Neill isn’t a very popular figure among the Goodison Park faithful due to his previous public bust-up with Koeman over Everton’s Irish players. Fonseca is a bit of a wild card. Shakhtar are giants of the Ukrainian league and usually do a very good job in the Champions League, but managing in the former Soviet state to the Premier League is like two completely separate worlds. The choice is simple for Everton and desperate times call for desperate measures. They need Allardyce.
In other Everton news, Paul Merson has claimed who the Toffees must appoint as manager.