With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring from Manchester United at the end of the season, and David Moyes the man taking over from him in the home dugout of Old Trafford next year, I look at five of the names who are being shouted about loudest.
As you may know, Everton are the team closest to my heart, and David Moyes has been a part of that for the last 11 years, but as he is preparing himself to move on, most Evertonians, like myself, wish him well and look to possibilities for the future. I have picked six potential managers, and explained why I think each of them has a shout at replacing the Scot. These may not be the most popular choices, or the choices being tipped most, but they are the people I believe have the qualities needed.
Wigan manager Martinez will have been with the Latics for four years this summer, and has guided themaway from relegation late on every year (prior to time of writing). He prefers a quick-played style of neat passing football, the same as Everton have tried over the past few seasons, with varying degrees of success. He prefers to play with two attacking full backs, which Baines and Coleman have been doing in a back four at Everton this year. The only things counting against Martinez for the job seem to be that we would have to pay compensation to Wigan, and would he want to give up a crack at European football for guarenteed Premier League football?
Ex-Everton defender Bilic was most recently best known for managing Croatia, with an attacking, gung-ho feel to his side. He may also get Croatia’s Nikica Jelavic firing for the blues again. He’s also been at Everton under Kenwright, so probably knows the money situation. However, being at Lokomotiv Moscow may mean that he costs more than Martinez would, and does his knowledge of currentplayers cover enough Premier League, bearing in mind his only job I haven’t mentioned was a year at Hadjuk Split?
Here’s a shot from the blue you may not have heard of. Renard was the Zambian manager when they won the 2012 African Cup Of Nations. His side had very good flowing moves to them. He’s still at Zambia and, I suppose, could carry that on alongside Everton. However, his only English club team was a short, forgettable spell at Cambridge United. The main thing under Renard in both national and domestic jobs, is the feel-good attitude in the camp and over-achieving with an under-dog status, which has suited Everton for the last ten years down to the ground.
The Norwich boss performed well under pressure at Newcastle, and had a great start early this season at Norwich, but it may be a club that belies what was expected of him after Newcastle sacked him. He was highly rated at that point, and unlucky end up at Birmingham City and subsequently Norwich City. I think a big job is just a few good seasons away for him, but could it be Everton? Downsides include the fact that he may command a large amount of compensation, and would he move after only one season at Norwich City?
Roberto Di Matteo
A Champions League winning coach isn’t one I expected to find here myself, but Di Matteo found himself on the Chelsea scrapheap after his heroics vs Napoli won them Europe’s premier competition. His Chelsea team were, again, an all-out attacking team, out to score more than their opponents every game. But, with this style of play, defending can sometimes become optional. With Everton’s striker problems for years, we can’t afford to lose out on the defensive capabilites and sturdiness we have shown this season, conceding the least (besides the two Manchester teams). The only downsides to Di Matteo are that he may be accustomed to a higher value of player than the sort that Everton can afford.
Laudrup has been touted already as a future Barcelona boss due to the tika-taka style of football his Swansea team plays. Like Martinez, this could suit Everton down to the ground. Laudrup has also been fairly prudent in the transfer market, signing players such as Michu for the sort of prices that Everton could afford. He’s also won silverware in England, in the shape of the Capital One Cup, showing that he may have a knack of English football already. However, being touted as the next Barca boss may mean that Everton don’t get the chance to snap him up. Also, Swansea played a tika-taka style of football before the Dane, so is Swansea in his shape, or has he just stepped into the mould?
I would accept a safe option of Martinez, or a punt of Renard - showing a bit of thought has gone into it from Kenwright and the board - but I think a good record in a fairly high-profile job, a relation to the club, and an admiration for English football nudges me closer to the idea of taking Slaven Bilic.