Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
According to the Daily Mail, Everton held talks with Manuel Pellegrini about becoming their new manager - but chose not to appoint him.
The Toffees parted company with Spaniard Roberto Martinez last month after a torrid run of form, and have taken around a month to appoint a new boss.
Everton confirmed on Tuesday that Ronald Koeman has been snapped up from Southampton, marking a huge coup for the Toffees as they look to bounce back from two poor seasons.
The Dutchman will be expected to turn the club around with Farhad Moshiri's money, but he was far from the only candidate in the running to replace Martinez.
The Daily Mail report that Everton did hold talks with Manuel Pellegrini about taking the job, but chose not to appoint him after they felt his 'stand-offish style' wasn't what the club needed after Martinez's exit.
Chilean boss Pellegrini, 62, left Manchester City at the end of last season as the club have brought in Pep Guardiola as his replacement.
A Premier League title-winner in 2014 with City, the former Real Madrid and Malaga boss may have been tempted to stay in the Premier League, especially with an ambitious club like Everton.
However, his style was often criticised at the Etihad Stadium, and it seems that Everton had some concerns about his nature as well, leading them to eventually appoint Koeman earlier this week.
Would you have rather had Pellegrini than Koeman?