A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled These three managers will not be replacing Ronald Koeman at Everton, and here’s why.
The three names in there were Marco Silva, Thomas Tuchel, and Carlo Ancelotti. The gist for the tl;dr crowd is essentially, all three of these men are waiting on bigger opportunities than what Everton can offer them at this moment and so them working at Finch Farm is extremely unlikely.
As the rumor mill churns, an even more far fetched name has come to light, with Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid being rumored as Farhad Moshiri’s top target:
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
A little bit of ambition is a good thing, but too much can cause trouble. I don’t blame Moshiri for following the old adage that if you aim for the moon you’ll land among the stars, but the side of that phrase everyone ignores is that doing so can leave you adrift in a vacuum of space unable to breath. Sky Sports is unquestionably reliable, but I think Moshiri is outkicking his coverage.
Give Simeone a call, sure, why not? Can’t hurt anything. But please, oh please, do not let yourself think even for a moment that the man who has been to two UEFA Champions League finals in four years is even remotely likely to take the job. Friends, save yourself that disappointment.
After Sunday’s dramatic win, many Toffees are right back on the ‘Unsworth forever’ train.
I understand the sentiment, though frankly I don’t think having to score three goals in 25 minutes (with help from twelfth man Tom Cleverley) is really any reason to think that Unsworth is any less lost than he’s looked in all the other games he’s managed.
This is especially true seeing how problems with Morgan Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas have escalated since he took over, when locker room inspiration was supposed to be one of Unsy’s biggest selling points.
That being said, staying with Unsworth or bringing in Sam Allardyce are far more reasonable and likely expectations than bringing in one of the very best coaches in the world who is at this moment exactly what Jose Mourinho used to be when he could coach his way out of a brown paper bag. Alternatively, the Marco Silva idea keeps floating around, unlikely as that may be.
Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright need to buckle down and chase targets they can land. If you’re uncomfortable with Allardyce or Unsworth, call Dyche. Call Tuchel. Pellegrini. Mancini. Because Simeone isn’t coming.