By Nick Ware

15th Jun, 2021 | 11:02am

Report: Everton pursue other managerial candidates with no decision taken on Nuno Espirito Santo

Everton are still in talks with other managers as no firm decision has been taken on Nuno Espirito Santo, according to the Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride.

A move for the ex-Wolves boss appeared to be a formality after The Telegraph’s John Percy reported that terms had been agreed in principle for Espirito Santo to take charge at Goodison Park, and it was “almost a done deal”.

That was on June 11, but four days later, there has been no announcement on the 47-year-old.

Everton journalist Kirkbride, writing on the Liverpool Echo website, has shone light on why nothing has yet been announced.

He wrote: “Everton are continuing to talk with other managers despite Nuno Espirito Santo being favourite to replace Carlo Ancelotti.

“Blues chiefs are refusing to rush to the decision to appoint a new boss even though the Portuguese appeared to be closing in on a deal over the weekend.

“He has been described by insiders as a ‘strong candidate’ but the insistence was that no decision had been made.

“And, last night, the Echo was told the search for a new manager remains an ongoing process and the club are not just in talks with Espirito Santo.”

Dragging their heels

If Espirito Santo is the number one target now, should it really be a difficult deal to complete?

The Portuguese coach is a free agent after leaving Wolves last month, and there appears no danger of a richer or more ‘established’ elite side prising him from our clutches, so what’s the wait? Are we still hoping to attract a different, bigger name?

Pre-season has yet to start with some Blues stars on international duties at the European Championships and Copa America, but it’s still important to get Carlo Ancelotti’s successor in as quickly as possible.

The new manager needs to be given time to identify his transfer targets and draw up a plan for the new season.

The longer it goes on, the more dangerous the search becomes with the chance that someone can pull out at any moment.

We’d like to see something officially announced before the end of this week, otherwise there could be trouble ahead as we embark on life after Ancelotti.

In other Everton news, the Blues have made contact over this British Euro 2020 ace Fabregas called ‘Sensational’.

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