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Poor form, manager hunting and unhappy fans – the main issues facing Everton

A week after Rafael Benitez was sacked and Everton’s situation appears to have gotten worse instead of better.

Fan favorite Duncan Ferguson suffered defeat early in his second stint as caretaker manager, with supporters now openly protesting the administration for what they perceive to be a lack of strategy or clear ambition.

At least half a dozen names – some from left field like Fabio Cannavaro – have been thrown in the hat to become Everton’s seventh permanent manager in six years with no apparent associated scheme or philosophy, while the club’s downward spiral in an ongoing relegation battle.

Here, the PA News Agency examines how things are still deteriorating at Goodison Park.

Benitez is gone, now what’s the problem?

Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson could not provide the instant boost hoped for (Peter Byrne/PA)

Where to start? Getting rid of an unpopular and failing manager in Benitez barely solved the immediate problem. Saturday’s home loss to Aston Villa was their 10th loss in the last 13 league games and their relegation rivals have all picked up more points in that span, leaving the Toffees just four points clear of the bottom three. Moreover, there is still no sign of a new director being appointed.

What takes so long on the manager’s side?

Well, the club has no director of football, recruitment manager or head of scouting – so effectively no expert knowledge of football at the top of the club. Owner Farhad Moshiri appears to have the final say again, as he did with Benitez.

A man who makes the decision, however, should make it simple…

Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright have had differing views on the leadership appointments (Richard Sellers/PA)

Not enough. Moshiri appears to be advised by his friend and agent Kia Joorabchian, who was in the directors’ box at Goodison Park on Saturday with his clients Philippe Coutinho and Douglas Luiz playing for Villa. However, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright – although he hasn’t wielded power since selling almost all of his stake in the Moshiri takeover in 2016 – is still keen to wield some influence at the board level. board of directors.

How is the hunt for managers going?

Many names have been suggested as possible successors to Rafael Benitez at Everton (Dave Thompson/PA)

The number of names linked to the vacancy is in the double digits with at least half a dozen considered genuine contenders. The problem is that Everton don’t seem to have a clear idea in which direction the club want to go, complicated by the fact that the manager they need to get them out of trouble may not be the man to provide a longer term plan.

So who are we talking about?

Vitor Fereira
Former Porto and Fenerbahce coach Vitor Pereira has again emerged as a managerial candidate

Former coach Roberto Martinez was the early favorite but the current Belgian coach will not be released by his employers. Former Chelsea midfielder and manager Frank Lampard was considered, as was Toffees fan favorite and current Derby boss Wayne Rooney. Former Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac was on the list, Cannavaro, who has only succeeded in the Middle East and China, has been interviewed and now former Porto boss Vitor Pereira appears to have moved to the top of the list. queue. All but Martinez, who has already kept Wigan in the top flight, look ill-equipped for relegation to the Premier League.

How are the fans feeling?

Angry and worried. While they were delighted to see Ferguson back on the touchline injecting passion into the team and while managerial appointment issues are symptomatic of the malaise, the problems run deeper. Everton’s last trophy dates back to 1995 and their current situation is the culmination of a decline which – despite more than half a billion pounds being spent on players – has been in effect since Martinez guided them to the fifth up in 2014. Around 150 to 200 fans staged a sit-in protest this weekend and that number is likely to grow depending on the level of discontent.