It’s happened, it’s finally happened! Roberto has gone! Regular readers of Cahill’s Corner Flag won’t be surprised to hear that I wasn’t a fan of Roberto and have wanted him removed since March last year. Thankfully for us Blues, Farhan Moshiri made the decision that enough was enough and relieved him of his duties as of yesterday morning. Its nice to finally know that we have an owner/major shareholder who won’t be one to accept mid table finishes.
Yesterday was a very momentous day as an Evertonian. It closed the book on the Kenwright chapter of the club and started the Moshiri dynasty (I hope). The next manager will get backed by our little Iranian overlord and that person will be his appointment. We’re a completely different proposition off the field with the promise of investment from Mr Moshiri and the new television deal. With that in mind we need to go after someone with pedigree, a winner and someone who won’t take mediocre performances lightly. Here’s my shortlist in order of preference who I believe should be Everton’s next Manager/Head coach;
1. Jose Mourinho – Okay this one may well be slightly adventurous, but the self-confessed ‘Special One’ is currently without a club and as we know loves a challenge where large amounts of investment is promised. Where ever the Special One has managed he has brought success, maybe not instantly but certainly within a season. His CV is very impressive and boasts domestic league titles in 4 different countries and European successes for two separate sides. His time at Chelsea was always destined for failure, as they say ‘never go back’. With United sniffing around him the chances are very slim but if Moshiri is looking for a winner, this is the man. He’ll need to break the bank for him though, the four year contract he signed at Chelsea was reportedly worth £30 million. Chance of becoming EFC manager 5/10
2. Frank De Boer – The current Ajax manager is a manager who in my opinion is a perfect fit for the Everton job. As a player he was part of the Ajax side that lifted the Champions League in 1995. Brought up through the famous Ajax Youth Academy De Boer learnt the core principles involved in playing football through the TIPS system. Technique, Insight, Personality and Speed, the basis of the Ajax philosophy. He has since taken that philosophy into coaching. Having worked with the youth system from 2007-2010 and since 2010 First Team Manager. In that time he has guided Ajax to four successive Eredivise titles and one Johan Cruyff Shield (Charity Shield). De Boer favours a high pressing game, attempting to win back the ball as early as possible as high up the pitch as possible. De Boer’s philosophy is based on creating space and exploiting the space created. His name alone brings its own pedigree but what he’s achieved in Dutch football deserves an opportunity to manage in the Premier League. Over the past week his agent has come out and said how he’d like to manage Everton or Valencia as they match his football philosophy. So think this may well have legs, watch this space. Chance of becoming EFC Manager 8/10
3. Ronald Koeman – Currently the bookies favourite to replace the departing Roberto Martinez. Koeman has one year left on his contract and if reports are to be believed he isn’t close to signing a new deal. It’s fair to say the past few summers he has had the rug pulled from under him, having lost the likes of Lallana, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Lambert, Lovren, and Clyne. However he has still galvanised the Saints with outstanding purchases such as Pelle, Tasic, Mane, Van Dyke and Forster. They finished 7th last year and qualified for the Europa league and pending results will do so again this season. He is a manger who with funds could achieve anything he wants within world football. His high pressing Dutch philosophy suits the Premier League and his name alone attracts people to the football club. Chances of becoming EFC Manager 8/10
4. Phillip Cocu is another Dutchman that should be seriously considered for the next EFC Manager. Cocu took over the reins at the Phillips Stadion in July 2013 on a permanent basis, previously temporarily taking caretaker charge from March to June 2012. In that time he has won the Eredivisie two years on the spin having not won the league since 2008! Cocu is another believer of intrusting and giving opportunities to youth teams players. He has been credited with promoting and developing players such as Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay and Jeffrey Bruma. A lover of the trusted Dutch 4-3-3 his attacking philosophy would point to a high tempo game which he wants his players to attack directly and create 2v1s if possible. The clear result has been highly entertaining football and lots of goals. If the rumours are true that we are considering Frank De Boer as an option then Phillip Cocu needs to be considered too. Chances of becoming EFC Manager 7/10
5. Manuel Pellegrini – With his contract not being renewed at Manchester City Pellegrini will be a manager who’ll be in high demand come the summer. Winner of a Premier League title, and two League Cups in the space of nearly three seasons at city, he is another winner. Some may argue that he should’ve done better with the squad and money at his disposal, however he has the reputation within the European game to attract top players from Europe and South America, something Martinez didn’t have in his locker. Pellegrini has managed the biggest side in European club football in Real Madrid so could easily manage the expectations of Evertonians. He’ll be remembered by Blues as the man that orchestrated Villarreal’s route to the Champions League Semi Final in 2006, knocking the Blues out in the qualifying rounds. However that had more to do with a cheating Italian ref than anything! Currently living in the North West, has already indicated his wish to stay in the Premier League. Could well be a good fit, even if he does look like Audrey Roberts! Chance of becoming EFC manager 7/10
There’s plenty of choice out there, Mr Moshiri its over to you!
Come on you Blues