By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Jan, 2022 | 7:45am

'How?' - Don Hutchison slams Everton pursuit of Fabio Cannavaro

Former Everton captain Don Hutchison has slammed the club’s pursuit of Fabio Cannavaro for the vacant manager’s role, questioning his credentials as boss.

Cannavaro has emerged as one of the top candidates for the role, after Rafa Benitez was sacked as manager last week following defeat to Norwich.

Frank Lampard and the World Cup winner have both had interviews [Telegraph] but Liverpool ECHO says that he is not currently under consideration for the role.

Hutchison however is ‘stunned’ that Cannavaro’s name is even in the mix, to begin with at Goodison Park.

“What a story, I mean, I’m stunned to be honest,” he said on the BBC Radio Five Live Football Daily Podcast.

“I’m not sure what CV he has to warrant a job like Everton. It’s another gamble from Farhad Moshiri. I can’t imagine it’s a Bill Kenwright pick.

“I heard rumours months ago that Bill Kenwright wanted Roberto Martinez back, but Moshiri put his foot down and insisted on Rafa, and that was always going to end in tears.

“They have to make sure they get this one right, and I wouldn’t be in a hurry if I was Everton. Whatever they do they mustn’t rush this appointment.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Graham Potter has to be the number one choice in my opinion. Mourinho would be a gamble still. I’m stunned, I’ve seen the Cannavaro news and I thought ‘how?’ What is the criteria? How does he deserve a job like Everton? I’m not sure.”


Cannavaro would certainly be a left-field appointment if it were to happen at Goodison Park, but weirder things have happened.

The 48-year-old has won league titles in previous jobs and while they weren’t in the most glamorous leagues, he is at least more experienced than someone like Duncan Ferguson.

That doesn’t mean his credentials are good enough though, but there is some positive to thinking outside of the box with this potential appointment.

Ultimately there are better people out there for the job, with more experience and more trophies won, but Everton need to focus on bringing someone in with the right skills to keep them up this season first and foremost.

The Toffees currently sit in 16th place in the league, just five points above the relegation zone.

In other Everton news, New twist: Everton turn noses up at manager after talks held this week – report