Everton have held talks with Shanghai SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas, according to a report.
The Times claims that Villas-Boas, 40, is facing an “uncertain” future with the ultra-rich Chinese club and has been sounded out by Everton as a potential replacement for Ronald Koeman, who was sacked five weeks ago.
Villas-Boas has been in charge of Shanghai SIPG for a year and led them to a runners-up spot in the Chinese Super League in the season that has just ended.
The East Asia giants have spent big on transfers since a boom in football interest in China, splashing the cash on signing the likes of Brazil internationals Oscar and Hulk.
It is understood that the Toffees have also held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca and Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill.
However the major development in the Everton’s hunt for a new manager this week is that talks have restarted with Sam Allardyce after the ex-England boss initially backed away from discussions earlier this month due to him not feeling wanted.
Football Insider Verdict
Villas-Boas has had two very differing spells in England with both Chelsea and Tottenham. Both of them ended on a bad note but it was clear that he was a young, up-and-coming manager who could possibly land a very big job in the future. Everton might see that potential in him even though moving to China is seen as a bit of a cop-out by many due to the low standard of quality and extortionate amount of money being thrown around. It finally seems that progress is being made for the Toffees though, as it now looks as though Allardyce is in line for a return to Premier League management. In the club’s current situation, that is the best they can hope for.