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While Sam Allardyce is currently odds on favourite to land the Everton manager’s job, the next man on the list Paulo Fonseca seems much more of a natural alternative to Marco Silva.

The Blues attempts to prise Silva away from Vicarage Road have unsurprisingly been rejected by Watford who only appointed him in the summer but having been knocked back for the Hornets boss, the mooted move for Big Sam seems quite a change of tack from major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

As a baffled former ECHO football writer Ric George observed: “I won’t have the cheese, thanks. But I wouldn’t mind a lump of chalk.”

Like Silva, Fonseca learned his trade working relative wonders with one of Portuguese football’s lesser lights before a short spell with a major domestic club before winning a league title in a foreign country.

Silva steered Estoril to promotion to the top flight followed by fifth and fourth place finishes – the former of which secured a first ever qualification to the Europa League.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola embrace following their sides Champions League meeting

In a single season at Sporting, he lifted the Portuguese Cup before heading out to Greece where he led Olympiakos to a sixth straight title in a single season stint.

Fonseca, who at 44 is four years Silva’s senior, has nevertheless followed a similar path.

His coaching career has been more nomadic – he held no fewer…



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