According to a report from respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio this afternoon, Premier League strugglers Everton are close to agreeing a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca, but will likely have to wait until after the 6th of December for him to arrive at the club.
The managerial hotseat is up for grabs at Goodison Park, after Ronald Koeman was sacked by the Toffees last month.
Dutch tactician Koeman had led his side to just 3 wins from 14 across all competitions to start out the campaign, despite the Toffees having invested almost £150 million on the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and more during the summer.
In the immediate aftermath of Everton announcing their decision to part ways with Koeman, a number of big name managers were named as the leading candidates to replace the former Southampton boss on Merseyside.
The likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Chris Coleman, David Wagner, Sean Dyche and even David Moyes were all touted as possible arrivals at the club.
David Unsworth, who has taken temporary charge of the club for the last month since Koeman’s sacking, has dropped to 16/1 to get the job on a permanent basis, after picking up just 1 win from his 7 games at the helm.
Leading the pack
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill emerged as the new favourite for the position over the weekend, before being overtaken by Sam Allarydce with the bookies yesterday afternoon.
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