Everton Managerial Candidates in Pictures

Sevilla coach Unai Emery and President Jose Castro Carmona celebrate after the game

With the conclusion of the major European cup finals over the weekend and chairman Farhad Moshiri reportedly wanting a swift appointment Everton fans should see some developments in their search for a new manager this week. Here's the current runners and riders including current favourite Manuel Pelegrini.

Manuel Pelegrini

Pelegrini is currently without a club having managed Manchester City in 2015/16 with previous notable stints at Villareal, Malaga and Real Madrid.

Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini during training

In his first job in Europe Pellegrini performed minor miracles at Villareal. In his 5 seasons at the club they finished 3rd, 7th, 5th, 2nd and 5th in La Liga. He guided them to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2005/06 and the quarter-finals in 2008/09, losing to Arsenal on both occassions.

Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez, honorary president Alfredo di Stefano and new coach Manuel Pellegrini

Real Madrid called in 2009 and Pellegrini was in charge when they acquired Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso. He lasted one season despite finishing with a record points haul for Real in La Liga and a 75% win-ratio – they still finished behind Barca who had a record haul of their own. On leaving the club Pellegrini blamed the Galactico's policy for not allowing him to build a team.

New Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini of Chile (L) shakes hands with Malaga's vice-president Abdullah Ghubn of Lybia

At Malaga Pellegrini initially had money and control. They finished 11th, 4th and 6th in La Liga in his 3 seasons at the club, the final season being marred by financial issues culminating in them not being allowed in European competitions in 2013/14 due to Financial Fair Play. In the 2011/12 Champions League Pellegrini took Malaga out of the group stages with an unbeaten record before falling to Porto in the first knockout round.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier League

Pellegrini joined the Manchester City project for the 2013/14 season. With City he won the Premier League in his first season and had two League Cup triumphs, 2013/14 and 2015/16. In the Champions League they only managed to escape the groups stages in his final season although prior to that season they were not seeded and received some notably tough groups.


Unai Emery

Emery is the current Sevilla manager with previous notable stints at Valencia and Spartak Moscow. Everton fans will have made a note of Emery following his Sevilla side's comeback win against local rivals Liverpool in the 2015/16 Europa League Cup Final.

Valencia coach Unai Emery

During his time with Valencia Emery operated under tight financial limits and he lost players of the calibre of David Villa and David Silva to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively. Despite this he achieved finishes of 7th and 3rd twice during his 3 years at Mestalla.

Unai Emery - Valencia Head Coach during the press conference

Emery made it out of the group stages of the Champions League in the two seasons he managed Valencia in the competition. He left Valencia for Spartak Moscow managing them for two largely unspectacular and disappointing seasons before being sacked.

Sevilla coach Unai Emery celebrates with the trophy

Emery returned to Spain with Sevilla following his sacking from Spartak and so started their love affair with the Europa League.

Kevin Gameiro celebrates with coach Unai Emery after scoring the second goal for Sevilla

In beating Liverpool to the 2015/16 title Emery and Sevilla have won three Europa League finals in succession. In La Liga they finished 5th twice and then 7th and Emery guided the club to the Copa del Rey final this season, losing it 2-0 to Barcelona.


Ronald Koeman

Koeman is the current Southampton manager with previous notable stints at Ajax, Valencia, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.

Ronald Koeman And Hristro Stoitchkov With The European Cup

After making his name at Ajax and PSV - where he average a one goal every two games from right back - and for the Dutch national team, Koeman became a member of Johann Cruyff's dream team at Barcelona in 1989. With Barca he won the La Liga title four years in a row from 1991 to 1994. He scored the winning goal for Barca in the 1992 European Cup final and ended joint top scorer, of what was now the Champions League, in 1993/94.

David Platt - England wins a header above Ronald Koeman - Holland

Koeman was a mainstay in the Dutch national side through the 80's and 90's, amassing 78 caps and scoring 14 goals.

Ronald Koeman - Benfica Coach with Nelson and Nuno Gomes

He has Champions League managerial experience with Benfica and Valenica. His Valencia stay remains a blot on his copybook where he was sacked in April with the team 2 points above the relegation zone and having finished bottom of their Champions League group.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans at the end of the match

Koeman's big plus is of course his Premier League experience. With Southampton, despite having players poached from his squad every summer, he finished the 2015/16 season having qualified for Europe with a especially impressive run of results in the final third of the season.


Frank De Boer

De Boer has managed just one club, Ajax. He emerged as an early favourite for the Everton job after announcing he was leaving Ajax with his agent and his twin brother reporting that the role at the Toffees was one of interest to him.

Frank De Boer - Barcelona tackles Raul - Real Madrid

Following a glittering career with Ajax, winning 5 titles and European Cup amongst other cup wins, he made an acrimonious move to Barcelona with twin brother Ronald in 1999. Together they won La Liga in that season under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal. He had spells at Galatasary, Glasgow Rangers and Al-Rayyan of Qatar before retiring in 2006.

Frank De Boer - Holland v Mexico at France '98

De Boer was capped for the Netherlands, what was at the time a record, 112 times. He scored 13 goals for the Dutch national side and represented them at two World Cups and three European Championships.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer and assistant coach Dennis Bergkamp (R) before the match

One of Frank de Boers most remembered World Cup highlights was his raking 60-yard pass to Dennis Bergkamp whose sublime control and finish knocked out Argentina in the 1998 quarter finals. He provided assister to Bergkamp's managerial career at Ajax where he was installed as De Boer's number 2. During his six years at Ajax De Boer won the Eredivisie 4 times in succession and was pipped by PSV in the last two, most recently after only drawing the final game of the season to lowly De Graafschap.

Ajax Head Coach Frank De Boer during the press conference


Lucien Favre

Outsider Lucien Favre is relatively unknown outside of Germany but a series of good seasons as Borussia Mönchengladbach boss has seen his stock rise.

A Borussia Moenchengladbach fan holds a banner for former coach Lucien Favre prior to the Bundesliga first division soccer match against FC Augsburg

Favre was sacked by Mönchengladbach following five straight defeats at the start of the 2015/16 season. Despite this fans were sorry to see him leave after reviving the sleeping giant and turning them from perennial relegation contenders to the Champions League.

Coach Lucien Favre (L) and his players of Borussia Moenchengladbach celebrate

Favre's best season at Mönchengladbach was 2014/15 when they finished 3rd in the Bundesliga and qualifying for the Champions League.

Borussia Moenchengladbach's coach Lucien Favre of Switzerland is thrown in the air after his team's German Bundesliga relegation soccer match in Bochum

His teams are considered well organised and feature quick attacking football and Everton fans might consider this the antidote to Roberto Martinez laboured possession based tactics.

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp (R) and Borussia Moenchengladbach's coach Lucien Favre


David Moyes

One for the unlikely pile. Everton fans are split 50/50 on his legacy after his first stint at the club, undoubtably stabalising what was a sinking ship but leaving having never won a trophy. Most fans would now not welcome Moyes back following an acrimonious pursuit of Leyton Baines and Marouane Fellaini while Manchester United manager.

Manchester United manager David Moyes as a fan in fancy dress watches from the stands


Rafa Benitez

One for the extremely unlikely pile. Benitez would have to do some serious grovelling following 'small club' comments made towards Everton while manager of Liverpool.

Liverpool Manager Rafael Benitez and Steven Gerrard celebrate winning the Champions League with the Trophy

He has had some notable successes including a Champions League win with Liverpool.

General view of Liverpool fan with tattoos of Jamie Carragher and Rafael Benitez

He's still held in high regard by fans of the Anfield club.

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