Southall jokingly says he wants Chelsea boss Conte as next Everton manager

Everton and Wales goalkeeper Neville Southall, October 1983.

Everton are yet to replace Ronald Koeman with David Unsworth remaining as interim manager.

Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall in action during a match circa 1989.

Everton's record appearance holder Neville Southall has made an ambitious claim on Twitter by stating that he would like to see Chelsea's Antonio Conte become the Toffees' next manager.

The Merseyside outfit are yet to replace the sacking of former boss Ronald Koeman, which has since seen David Unsworth take control of the club on a temporary basis. However, he has lost five of his seven games in charge.

Antonio Conte of Chelsea celebrates victory during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

The Telegraph claim Everton want to re-open talks with former England manager Sam Allardyce, despite the 63-year-old publicly ruling himself out of the job earlier this month.

But Everton legend Southall told fans on Twitter that he would like to see his former side go down a different route by launching an ambitious move to lure Italian Conte from Chelsea, when replying to a fan.

The move would come as a complete surprise with Chelsea's stature considered higher than Everton's, after winning the Premier League last season and remaining in the Champions League beyond Christmas.

Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea poses with the Premier League Trophy after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

The Telegraph claim 48-year-old Conte is set to earn a huge £19.2million over two years after putting pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain with the Blues until the summer of 2019, equalling out at about £185,000 per week.

In what seems way too far out of Everton's reach, Conte is likely to remain at Chelsea as Unsworth prepares his Everton side to play host to West Ham United and David Moyes at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

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