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Three names at the forefront of Everton’s managerial search, per reports

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The Everton Board held a virtual meeting on Wednesday to discuss the way forward

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When a couple of media sources are reporting the same thing, then you have to wonder if there is some truth to the news, or else they’re being spoonfed from the same original informant. Especially since the carriers of the reports are tabloid media, we are more likely to believe that it’s the latter and not the former, but this is Everton and anything goes, really.

Per both the Telegraph and the Daily Mail last night, Everton have two contenders out in the forefront for Carlo Ancelotti’s recently vacated manager position, with a third internal challenger also ready to throw his hat in the ring.

The Toffees held an emergency board meeting virtually yesterday to discuss the options in front of them as the club goes into a summer faced with uncertainty after stumbling all the way down to tenth place on the last day of the season. Instead of discussing summer transfer strategy with Ancelotti, Marcel Brands has instead “been inundated with enquiries about the vacancy since but he is determined to be thorough in looking at applicants and, for that reason, it is not likely that an appointment is imminent.” [Daily Mail]

The same sources add that the Blues have opened talks with Nuno Espirito Santo’s camp, despite the Portuguese manager having already held talks last week with Crystal Palace following his sacking from Wolves at the end of the season.

Meanwhile a decision is yet to be made to approach former Everton manager David Moyes who has been offered a new three-year deal at West Ham United after leading them to a sixth-placed finish that promises Europa League football next season.

Club legend Duncan Ferguson, who has been an assistant under Marco Silva and Ancelotti, has also been sounding out his chances for taking over as the manager after his interim stint before the Italian’s appointment.

With Moyes being a former appointment of chairman Bill Kenwright and majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri apparently a fan of Espirito Santo, it’s looking like it’ll come down to a battle of wills between the two without much consideration being paid to who Brands would want, despite the Dutchman being in charge of transfers and setting the strategic direction for the club in his role as Director of Football. More to come on this we’re sure.