By Richard Parks
Bill Kenwright will urge Farhad Moshiri to appoint Mikel Arteta as the new Everton manager if Sam Allardyce is sacked in the summer, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Allardyce is skating on thin ice following a wretched run of results and discontent among supporters at the team’s style of football.
It is said that Manchester City assistant manager Arteta, 35, is firmly in the running to replace the former England manager at Goodison Park.
The Mirror report that Everton chairman Kenwright will try to persuade majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri to hand former midfielder Arteta his first managerial post after learning alongside City boss Pep Guardiola during the two seasons since his retirement from playing.
Football Insider verdict:
To many observers, Arteta is just a familiar face on the City bench with whom Guardiola occasionally interacts during matches or hugs in celebrating one of the team’s many beautifully conceived goals. But the word on the street is that the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder is a savvy coach with a deep understanding of the game and who has been ‘Pep-ped’ during the last two seasons working under the greatest managerial mind of his generation. Little wonder that the Premier League big guns are falling over themselves to get some of what City have as they blaze a new trail in winning matches that has made the rest of the football word stand back and gasp in awe and amazement.