Everton establish contact with Rudi Garcia - L'Equipe

Everton have initiated contact with former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia to replace Carlo Ancelotti, according to L’Equipe.

The French outlet claim on their website that nothing has advanced as of yet, although this is a fresh name in the hunt.

Speculation in England is described as “rife” as the newspaper insists that the competition is growing tough at Goodison Park.

Numerous names have been mentioned throughout the past week, with no progress having been made as of yet.

It was reported by the Daily Mail that Nuno Espirito Santo is the “overwhelming favourite” to take over.

That may be put into the doubt though, with another fresh name being thrown into the air with Garcia.

The 57-year-old left Lyon back in May, and has delivered the Ligue 1 title once in his long career, winning 381 games in total.

New name.

Garcia has an impressive record, and it follows the trend of French title-winning managers being linked.

Christophe Galtier has also been linked, but it reportedly cost £4million to tempt him away from Lille after their recent success.

That leaves Farhad Moshiri with a big decision to make, does he pay that compensation or go elsewhere for someone unemployed?

If the latter, it appears as though Nuno is the frontrunner, but after his collapsed talks with Crystal Palace, Garcia could be the perfect back-up should the same happen in Merseyside.

Garcia isn’t a household name, and we would much rather prefer someone such as Nuno who has experience of succeeding in the Premier League, and crucially, earning European football.

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