By Pranav Shahaney

24th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Everton make contact with former Sevilla and Valencia manager Marcelino

Everton have reportedly made contact with former Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal manager Marcelino to succeed Frank Lampard.

According to Marca [23 January], the Toffees have touched base to see if the Spaniard will be willing to manage outside his home country for the first time in his career.

He has been a first-team manager since 2003 and is still to take charge of a non-Spanish club with Athletic Bilbao, Racing Santander and Zaragoza being among the other clubs on his CV.

Left field

Links to the 57-year-old are left field but something that we will take on board as most of the previous appointments have been basic without any thorough planning.

Marcelino will arrive at Goodison Park highly regarded as he’s won trophies and awards in his two decade long managerial career.

He won the second division title with Recreativo, the Copa Del Rey with Valencia and also the Spanish Super Cup with Bilbao.

On an individual level, he has twice been handed the Miguel Munoz award for being the best manager in Spain and was also named La Liga’s best coach in the 2017/18 season.

He also has a hands on approach to training and will bring in a set of experienced coaches with him to Goodison Park.

There are links to Wayne Rooney and he’s an option that even the club’s shareholder backs, but in case he says no, we would go for the Spanish if we were in charge of making decisions at Everton.