By Danny Wright

Neville Southall has suggested that Everton’s next manager must be someone who “knows what it is to be a Blue” after Ronald Koeman was sacked on Monday.

Many names have already been linked to the Goodison Park vacancy, but Toffees icon Southall, 59, believes that someone with previous experience of being at the club should be on the main attributes when hiring Koeman’s successor.

The Dutchman had presided over an awful start to the campaign which currently sees Everton in the Premier League relegation zone with eight points from nine matches and bottom of their Europa League group after failing to win in three.

Sunday’s 5-2 capitulation at home against Arsenal seemed to be the final straw with the Goodison hierarchy, who swung their axe less than 24 hours after the game had ended.

Now, Southall has issued a set of requirements of who the next Everton manager should be on his personal Twitter account.

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He said: “I want someone at our club who knows what it is to be a Blue. Someone who takes away fear and brings passion and attitude back.

“We will see how ambitious we are in the manager we get.”

Southall spent 17 years on the books at Everton during his playing career and made a stunning 750 appearances across all competitions for the club.

He is the record appearance holder for the Toffees by some margin, having played over 200 more times than second on the list Brian Labone.

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