By Nick Ware

3rd Dec, 2021 | 5:10pm

Pundit moots Robert Mancini as next Everton manager

Alan Brazil and Darren Gough have mooted Roberto Mancini as a potential successor to Rafa Benitez amid uncertainty over the Everton manager’s future.

Benitez is under pressure at Goodison Park after a 4-1 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool on Wednesday (1 December) stretched their winless run to eight games.

“I really do expect them to get rid of him,” Gough said on talkSPORT on Thursday morning (2 December).

Brazil replied: “Let’s say they do, who is there to come in, Mancini? Who’s out there to come in?”

Gough: “Definitely, Mancini would be a favourite now, plus you’ve got a situation where Italy might not qualify for the World Cup, if they win the qualifier they then play Portugal, if they both win, at a play-off to see who is at the World Cup. It’s unbelievable.”

Wrong profile?

Everton need to find an identity after years of managerial and recruitment mistakes.

The current squad is imbalanced and lacking in quality while Benitez was an unpopular choice as Blues boss from the very beginning.

The blame does not lie solely at his door but the Spaniard should certainly be doing better than he is. They shouldn’t be losing at Brentford.

But is Mancini the answer? Like his would-be predecessors Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, the 57-year-old is one of the most high-profile managers in the world.

Alan Shearer hailed Italy’s national hero on the BBC [via Eurosport] after the Azzurri beat Spain on penalties in July.

He won Manchester City’s first Premier League title in 2012 and has three Serie A successes to his name, as well as the European Championship with Italy.

However, would he be prepared to work with this calibre of players currently on show at Goodison Park?

Besides, shouldn’t the Blues be targeting a younger manager who wants to build the club back up and make use of the talents in the academy?

In other Everton news, the Blues are open to the sale of this popular first-team Blues star amid ongoing issues.

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