By Danny Wright
Everton majority owner Farhad Moshiri has made Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill his new number one choice to fill the managerial vacancy at Goodison Park, according to a report.
The Sun claims that O’Neill, 65, is at the top of a three-name shortlist that also includes Tony Pulis, who was sacked by West Brom just on Monday, and current caretaker boss David Unsworth.
It is understood that the former Celtic and Aston Villa boss would want a long-term deal at Goodison Park should be become Ronald Koeman’s successor after the Dutchman was sacked almost five weeks ago.
Watford’s Marco Silva was said to be Everton’s primary target in recent weeks however Sky Sports has recently reported that a series of approaches have been rejected by the Hornets, who have now asked the Merseysiders to stop with their advances.
The Sun now claims that O’Neill and Pulis are the main candidates as Unsworth’s chances took a blow on Thursday when he oversaw the humiliating 5-1 home loss to Atalanta.
It is believed that Pulis would be willing to accept a short-term deal until the end of the season after being made available earlier this week.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton’s search for a new manager has taken quite the turn for the worst. Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright seem to be lacking any sort of communication for their hunt for a new boss and that is what has led to these underwhelming options. O’Neill is alright. He will be a much better option that Pulis anyway. The Welsh manager completely lost control at West Brom. The players seemed to have given up on him, the fans has definitely given up on him and the run of results was diabolical. Everyone outside the Hawthorns has criticised the decision to sack Pulis, but there’s no doubt Everton fans will not want him anywhere near Goodison.
In other Everton news, Robbie Savage believes that this is the manager that the Toffees must get.