Report: Everton draw up fresh managerial shortlist, Koeman included

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Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini and Southampton’s Ronald Koeman have been linked with Everton.

According to the Daily Star, Everton have drawn up a fresh list of potential candidates to replace boss Roberto Martinez, including Manuel Pellegrin, Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer.

The report claims that the Toffees’ current boss Roberto Martinez has come under increasing pressure not only from the club’s supporters but also wealthy new investor Farhad Moshiri.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and Southampton’s Ronald Koeman were said to be considered before the FA Cup semi-final defeat, and now Ajax boss Frank De Boer has been added to the equation.

Martinez has seemingly become the victim of his own success, guiding Everton to their best ever points tally two seasons ago and struggling to improve on that amid increased expectations.

This season the Merseyside club have vastly under-performed, and many have suggested winning the FA Cup was the Spaniard’s only realistic chance of saving his job come the end of the season.

With Everton suffering a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, the situation has become bleak.

A weekend report in The Sun claims Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has become a top target, though fresh reports from the Daily Star now list Koeman and Pellegrini as top candidates.

Pellegrini is to leave City this summer with Pep Guardiola taking his place, and the Chilean may not be short of suitors after successful periods at the Etihad as well as Villarreal and Malaga.

Southampton manager Koeman would be a superb choice for Everton, though it’s unlikely he would leave the Saints for the Merseyside club unless promised huge funds to really make a difference.

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