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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Fonseca responds to alleged interest from Everton

In today’s links: Everton are still paying Koeman, the Blues lead the race for Wilshere and the Toffees are still chasing Ilcic

Feyenoord v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

How important is stability in football? For Everton, the hope is that the answer is “not very”. The senior team has had three managers this season alone. It sure sounds like there will be a different man in charge this summer and he could be joined by a new director of football as well.

I’m not advocating for Big Sam to stick around, and Ronald Koeman certainly seemed lost at the end of his reign. But there is a part of me that wonders if the players are able to deal with the constantly shuffling of staff. Continuity has to matter at least a little bit.

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Thursday’s Toffee Bites

Everton clear leaders in transfer race for Jack Wilshere - Daily Star
The Blues are in pole position to sign Jack Wilshere if he leaves Arsenal.

Toffees rivalling Roma for midfielder Josip Ilicic - talkSPORT
Everton and Roma are tracking Atalanta midfielder Josip Ilicic. The 30-year-old only moved to Atalanta in the summer after they paid Fiorentina around £5m for his services.

Managerial target Paulo Fonseca talks about his future - Daily Post
The Shakhtar Donetsk boss was talking to the media earlier this week.

Everton still paying most of Koeman's salary - ToffeeWeb
Everton are involved in another contract wrangle with an ex-manager with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the club are paying the bulk of Ronald Koeman's salary as head coach of the Netherlands.

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