By Danny Mills

22nd Jun, 2021 | 1:28pm

Mills: Everton told to avoid 'short-termism' by agreeing terms with Conte

Everton should not pursue their interest in Antonio Conte, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender insisted the Toffees should appoint somebody who can be part of a six-year plan.

Football Insider learned on 15 June Everton have made contact with Conte, 51, as they keep their options open.

The club have been without a manager after Carlo Ancelotti quit to re-join Real Madrid at the beginning of June.

Asked whether Conte would be a good replacement, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s difficult, Conte’s going to want top dollar.

“He’s going to want players to bring in and may change the squad and team too much.

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“You have to have a long-term plan and work out where you’re heading and what you’re doing and stick by it. 

“If it doesn’t work then you have to change your plans and hire a new manager.

“This is where Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri have to have a long-term business plan of where they want to go and the type of football they want to play because that’s a five or six-year plan.

“Getting success in next season or the season after with Conte is short-termism. If they’re looking at the long-term future of the club it’s like ‘Ok, what sort of manager are we bringing in? What sort of recruitment do we want?’

“The last thing you want is a different manager with a different style of football who brings in a load of players and then it’s not worked and 18 months down the line a manager comes in with a different style of play with a new set of players and you start all over again.

“You’ve got to have that continuity and I think with Farhad Moshiri and Marcel Brands that’s what they’ll be looking like. What does the next six or seven years look like? Not just the next two.”

In other news, Everton could sign a blisteringly-quick star if a 47-year-old lands the job after an update.