Michael Ball has a message for Everton regarding manager search

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Everton are still trying to replace Roberto Martinez.


Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Michael Ball has told Everton's hierarchy to follow suit and hire a big-name manager this summer.

The search for a new Toffees boss goes on following the sacking of Roberto Martinez earlier this month.

Under Martinez, the Merseysiders finished 11th in the Premier League this past season, for the second year in succession which, given the players he had at his disposal, was a tad disappointing.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

According to Sky Sports, Jose Mourinho has put pen to paper on a contract to become Manchester United boss. If true, the Portuguese is another major coup for an English side following a series of big-name appointments at Premier League clubs this year.

Antonio Conte will take the reigns at Chelsea, whereas Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss. Pellegrini, in fact, has been linked with the Everton boss, along with Sevilla's Unai Emery, Frank de Boer and David Moyes.

Ajax Head Coach Frank De Boer during the press conference

And Ball, who spent five years at Everton until 2001, would like his former club to also lure a prolific manager to Merseyside shortly.

Former Ajax coach De Boer is 2/1 favourite for the Everton job, followed by Emery and Pellegrini, both rated as 3/1 by Sky Bet.

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