'Don't even go there' - Ray Wilkins warns Everton about making approach for manager
By Danny Wright
Ray Wilkins has warned Everton to not even bother making an approach for Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solkehol claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wanted Simeone to replace Ronald Koeman in the Goodison Park hotseat.
Owner Farhad Moshiri wants Diego Simeone to be Everton manager. Other more realistic targets: Allardyce & Marco Silva or give it to Unsworth
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) November 7, 2017
While Moshiri’s interest in the Argentine is ambitious and exciting for Toffees fans, many would be able to see why it is nothing but a pipe dream for the Goodison owner.
Simeone has regularly challenged for the La Liga title in his time in Spain as well as featuring in a couple of Champions League finals and while former Man United and Chelsea player Wilkins doesn’t have a clue who may be brought in by the Toffees board, he is clear that it won’t be the Atletico boss.
“I’ve no idea, I really don’t have any idea at all,” said Wilkins on TalkSport when asked who he thinks will be the next boss, as shown on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast’s official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
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“Simeone, just leave that alone, don’t even go there.
He added: “It’s going to take someone with a lot of bottle to go in there and try and sort it out.”
???? “You need someone with bottle… but forget about Simeone!”
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) November 8, 2017
The Daily Mail has recently reported that the Everton board are due to hold a meeting on Wednesday about a split decision on whether to offer Sam Allardyce the job.
Allardyce has been out of work since the end of last season and appears to be the leading candidate to be Koeman’s successor at Goodison.
Sean Dyche, Marco Silva and current caretaker boss David Unsworth are also said to be under consideration by the board.
In other Everton news, Paul Merson has made an outrageous claim about the Toffees interest in Simeone.