By Danny Wright
Representatives of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone approached Everton about the managerial vacancy at Goodison Park, according to a reliable journalist.
Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Croll claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that it is in fact Simeone, 47, who has reached out to the Premier League side, not the other way around.
It was Simeone’s people who approached Everton. Not a pursuit from the club. https://t.co/0Op3U2nD7a
— Ian Croll (@Iancroll1) November 21, 2017
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solkehol reported on his personal Twitter account earlier this month that Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had his eyes set on the Argentinean manager, however it now seems, in a stunning twist, that the interest was the other way around.
The Daily Mail then reported that Moshiri’s desire to snap up Simeone from Atletico was causing a rift in the board as chairman Bill Kenwright had his sights set on a manager with Premier League experience.
Simeone has been in charge at Atletico Madrid since 2011 and has since led them to two Champions League finals as well as winning the 2013/14 La Liga title to finally break the Spanish duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Everton have been on the hunt for a new manager since Ronald Koeman was sacked over four weeks ago. David Unsworth has been in caretaker charge since but has just one of five games at the helm.
Football Insider Verdict
It would be somewhat of a coup if Everton managed to convince Simeone to ditch Atletico and fill the void left when Koeman was sacked in October. The Toffees probably have the financial muscle due to the money that is left in the bank from Romelu Lukaku’s sale in the summer, but convincing the Argentine to leave Champions League football and a La Liga title race for a Premier League fight for survival may prove very hard. It’s strange to think that it was Simeone’s representatives that reached out to the Toffees. It seems that he may in fact just be keeping his options open with his side 10 points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga and a potential drop out of the Champions League this week.