Everton join the race for Nuno Espirito Santo as they strike talks with the former Wolves boss amid Crystal Palace interest, with the Toffees identifying him as early as LAST WEEK after fearing Carlo Ancelotti could leave
- Everton in talks with Nuno Espirito Santo about their vacant managerial rolerol
- Carlo Ancelotti dramatically quit on Tuesday to take control of Real Madrid
- Santo is a free agent after leaving Wolves, but also speaks with Crystal Palace
- However, Everton’s maneuverability in the transfer market is a concern for Santo
Everton have begun negotiations with Nuno Espirito Santo over their vacant managerial hot seat as they look for a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian dramatically left the club on Tuesday after the former club called Real Madrid following the resignation of Zinedine Zidane, who said he had settled in Goodison Park before being given an “unexpected opportunity”.
The Toffees board is stunned at his departure, but Sports post understands there was already a feeling last week that Ancelotti could end up in the Bernabeu and had named former Wolves boss Espirito Santo as a replacement.
Everton are in talks with Nuno Espirito Santo, as they want to replace Carlo Ancelotti
The Italian left the club after just 18 months to take charge of Real Madrid
The 47-year-old is currently in Portugal but his representatives are talking to Everton chiefs about taking the role in the dugout. He has already held talks with Crystal Palace about the possibility of succeeding Roy Hodgson.
The Portuguese coach emerged as the favorite to take over at Selhurst Park after three days of negotiations, but the appeal of the vacant Everton job could win him over.
One concern of Espirito Santo’s end, however, could be Everton’s ability to maneuver in the transfer market, fearing Financial Fair Play rules.
Nuno said goodbye to Wolves at the end of the season after four years at the club in what was a shocking departure after a split with the club’s owners over transfers.
Espirito Santo – who is currently in Portugal – has also been in talks to take over Crystal Palace
Espirito Santo enjoyed a wildly successful four-year spell with Molineux, transforming them from an underperforming mid-level champion in the championship to qualifying for the Europa League.
He is not the only candidate for the job. A sensational return for David Moyes has been mooted, and although Everton have considered the West Ham boss, the Scotsman is happy at the London Stadium and pleased with the progress the club is making in securing Europa League football next season.
Moyes was a contender for the Toffees in 2019 following the resignation of Marco Silva – with the former Manchester United boss having talks with owner Farhad Moshiri in Monaco before choosing to appoint Ancelotti.