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Carlo Ancelotti has quit Merseyside for Madrid after being confirmed as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement at the Bernabeu.
Three-time Champions League-winning coach Zidane resigned as Real Madrid boss last month after his second spell in charge proved to be not as fruitful as the first.
Ancelotti has been on Merseyside for just 19 months but the offer to head back to the club he led to a 10th European Cup in 2014 was too big of a proposal to turn down.
So, who will fill in for the legendary Italian boss? Here are the early contenders to be the Next Everton manager.
Nuno Espirito Santo left Wolves on the final day of the season after an underwhelming final few months at Molineux. Promotion from the Championship, two seventh-place finishes and a run to the Europa League quarter-finals before that were far more impressive, though.
The Portuguese could offer a safe pair of hands at Goodison Park but Everton face competition from Crystal Palace for Nuno.
Well, this one would be controversial. One of Liverpool’s favourites in the red half of the city, could Rafa return to English football at the home of his old club’s bitter rivals? Stranger things have happened…
Brighton boss Graham Potter is highly regarded and would be a solid appointment for Everton but would Toffees fans be sold on the move?
Potter’s Brighton are the kings of expected goals but they fail to convert their chances. Maybe Potter could get more out of this Everton side.
Christophe Galtier’s stock is incredibly high at the moment after the Frenchman guided Lille to the Ligue 1 title this year, beating Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG to the crown. We know how desperate Everton are for silverware and Galtier could help achieve the aim.
The Moyesiah did wonders at Everton during his first spell at the club and proved he’s still got it by getting West Ham into the Europa League this season.
Could the lure of a return to Goodison tempt him away from the London Stadium?
Would it be a next manager story if Eddie Howe wasn’t in the mix? The former Bournemouth boss has been linked with numerous clubs but he’s yet to find a job.
Howe held talks with Celtic, however, the move broke down. Could the Toffees prove more appealing?
Big Dunc’s been learning the ropes from Ancelotti and had a decent stint as the club’s caretaker before.
It’s safe to say he has the respect of the players – well, if nothing else they know not to get on the wrong side of him – so is it time for the Toffees legend to take the hotseat?
He put Chelsea on course for Champions League glory – well, sort of – and will fancy another shot at managing in the Premier League. He’s been touted for almost every big job going since Roman gave him the boot at Stamford Bridge, but could a switch to Goodison get over the line?
If not Big Dunc, then how about another Everton legend? His Derby side didn’t finish the season in style, only scraping Championship survival on the final day. But an emotional return to his former club can’t be ruled out for England’s record goalscorer.
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