The Liverpool echo is reporting that Everton have made contact with David Moyes over the vacant manager's position - and the natives are not happy.
The news has drawn a stinging reaction from supporters on social media, who see the return of Moyes as a huge step backwards for the club.
Moyes being interviewed reeks of one man, a man who should have walked away by now.— Peter Mcpartland (@PED7) May 24, 2016
Moyes did a fine job in turning Everton into a solid top ten side after years as relegation strugglers. But for all that good work the Scot still failed to win a trophy during his 11 years in charge.
There was a feeling when he left in 2013 that Moyes had taken Everton as far as he could and the time was right for a change.
David Moyes getting the job would be definitive proof that Everton Football Club is an elaborate lie with the sole purpose of winding me up.— Darren (@nsno_83) May 24, 2016
Therefore it makes no sense for him to return just three years later, especially given his reputation has hardly been enhanced by failures at Manchester United and Real Sociedad.
The supporters also haven't forgotten his bungled attempts to sign Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines in the weeks following his move to Old Trafford.
Just talking to David Moyes shows a serious lack of ambition on Everton's part. Even if club are being thorough, no point considering him.— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) May 24, 2016
Large enough section of fanbase would be furious if Moyes returned. Achieved little in 11 years and later showed what he thinks of #EFC.— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) May 24, 2016
In defence of the club, it seems they are simply sounding out potential candidates at this stage to hear what they have to say.
The wild fluctuations in the betting also suggests Everton haven't identified a prime target just yet, with a different favourite seemingly every day.
However, they would do well to take note of the supporters' opinion regarding Moyes. They will not want a repeat of the scenes we saw in the final few protest-filled weeks of Martinez's tenure. They need to get this one right.
The shortlist does appear though to have been narrowed down to five names: Frank de Boer, Ronald Koeman, Unai Emery, Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes.
Who would be your first choice? Have your say in the comments below!