Everton establish contact with Ligue 1 winning manager

Everton continue their extensive search for a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti left the Toffees on June 1, 2021. It has been 10 days since the job at Everton became vacant but so far no clear favourite has been established to take over the reins at Goodison Park. In fact, new managerial names are being added to the list with former Lyon boss Rudi Garcia latest to be named as a managerial target.

Some of the managers that have been linked so far: Nuno Espirito Santo, Rafael Benitez, Christophe Galtier, Ralf Rangnick, Fatih Terim, Duncan Ferguson, David Moyes, Graham Potter and Roberto Martinez. Santo was expected to be the favourite and the club has held meetings with the Portuguese but the talks don’t seem to inch towards finalization as Marcel Brands continues to rigorously evaluate the candidates on the table.

Real Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini has also emerged as a possible contender to land the Everton job. The 67 year old has managed to guide Los Verdiblancos to 6th position in La Liga and has been contacted by the intermediaries, as per Daily Mail.

The Chilean has experience of managing in the Premier League and in fact, has also won a league title with Manchester City. Pellegrini was also a contender for the managerial role in 2016 after Roberto Martinez was sacked.

Everton make contact with Rudi Garcia

Another name that has emerged as a possible replacement for Ancelotti is Garcia. The French boss left Olympique Lyon after the recently concluded season, guiding Les Gones to the fourth position, qualifying for the Europa League in the process.

According to Get French Football News, Everton have approached Garcia for the role in the dugout. The manager’s camp is not sure where Garcia stands in the list that includes names such as Benitez and Steven Gerrard. The report also pours cold water over the hopes of getting Galtier at Goodison as the former Lille manager is inclined to join OGC Nice.

Garcia has an interesting career graph. He started as the assistant manager of Saint-Etienne before eventually becoming the manager for an interim period in 2001. Garcia then took over at Dijon in 2002. In 2004, the club became professional and was promoted to Ligue 2 in 2004. He also guided a tier 3 team to the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. After leaving Dijon in 2007 and spending one season with Le Mans FC, Garcia arrived at Lille.

In his five years with Les Douges, Garcia helped them win a Ligue 1 title and the French Cup in 2010-11 season.  Since leaving Lille in 2013, Garcia has managed AS Roma, Marseille and most recently Lyon. It is true that the 57 year old doesn’t have a lot of experience of managing outside France but his teams look potent.

Everton will want to get their managerial appointment sorted soon as the transfer window has already begun and the Toffees need to reinforce the squad in certain areas too. There should be enough time for the new boss to evaluate the squad and make a transfer strategy.

Is Rudi Garcia a viable option for the Toffees?