Alan Myers shares which candidate is no longer in running for Everton job
Rudi Garcia is no longer being considered for the Everton manager’s job despite having been on the shortlist, according to Sky Sports news editor Alan Myers.
The Mirror had reported that the Frenchman would be “invited to make presentations” along with Niko Kovac, but it appears that neither may get that far.
Myers, who can currently only confirm contact with Vitor Pereria and Frank Lampard, wrote on his personal Twitter account: “Garcia has been [considered] but not now I believe, not heard anything definite on Kovac”.
The former Lyon manager left the Ligue 1 side at the end of last season, having guided them to the Champions League semi-finals the year before.
He has also previously managed Marseille and Roma, while he won a league and cup double during an earlier reign in charge at Lille.
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This history might suggest he would be a good fit for a club the size of Everton, but it appears that he is just the latest in a number of names that have been considered by the Goodison ownership but not moved forward with.
It is unclear whether the decision to not further their interest was made internally, or whether some preliminary overtures were made and not met with enthusiasm.
Either way, the new manager search is becoming increasingly haphazard and does not reflect favourably on owner Farhad Moshiri, whose entire premiership at the club is under the spotlight currently.
Watford sacked Claudio Ranieri yesterday and are already on the brink of appointing a replacement in Roy Hodgson (BBC), putting the elongated nature of the Toffee’s situation into stark contrast.
It also heavily suggests that the decision to dispense of Rafael Benitez was a snap decision following the defeat to Norwich, with no concrete plan in place for what would come next.
Even if the club had planned to continue with the Spaniard, they surely should have at least investigated the possibility of needing to replace him, but their failed pursuit of Roberto Martinez, and the growing list of names reportedly being contacted about the role tells us that did not happen.
In other Everton news, the club are reportedly still searching for these two signings.