Everton eye Manuel Pellegrini in Premier League return

Under the Farhad Moshiri reign, Everton have spent significant sums of money with little return. Their first run of signings came after Moshiri first arrived, with the Iranian opening up on massive spending for new players. Many names arrived at huge fees, and Everton soon built a squad that was littered with Premier League regulars and punts from abroad. However, ill-managed managerial hires like Ronald Koeman soon left Everton with an eye-watering wage bill and precious little to show for it.

The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti was supposed to change things – a top level European coach with the gravitas to turn things around. And despite achieving a top ten finish and finally winning at Anfield in the league this decade, Everton were not progressing as hoped. This led to a frustrated Ancelotti leaving for the Real Madrid job, leaving Everton high-and-dry in a summer that was supposed to be built to the Italian’s wishes. Now, it looks like they might return to another proven winner in Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean was a target in 2016 when Roberto Martinez first left, but did not take up the job. Since then, he has spent time managing West Ham United and also Real Betis. His time at West Ham was seen as a failure, but his time in Andalusia produced a top-six finish for Betis. He has now been contacted by Everton to see if he would be interested in finally taking up position at Goodison Park.

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Would Manuel Pellegrini make sense for Everton?

It is hard to say. He had a similar job at West Ham, albeit starting from a lower level of squad quality. Pellegrini was generally considered a failure in East London, with extravagant spending not matched to meaningful results. Many of the players, and even the coach, looked disillusioned with the progress that was being made. He soon left under a cloud, and his successor, David Moyes, has done a fine job to restore the Hammers reputation.

Pellegrini has since rebuilt his name in Spain, though, creating a solid Betis side that has competed well in most of the big games. Having shown that his West Ham time is arguably the exception as opposed to the new rule, Everton fans could find themselves with a methodical, intelligent coach who can build on what is already present.

He also has a strong record of playing progressive, passing football. With the number of talented playmakers in the Blues team, that could be of huge benefit to the club. It also offers the Toffees a chance to keep some continuity from the Ancelotti era, helping them to avoid another expensive summer rebuild.

The biggest challenge, though, will be in convincing star turns such as James Rodriguez and Richarlison to stick around. Regardless of who the coach is, Everton might find it tough to keep the core of the side together. With a well-respected coach like Pellegrini though that job might just become a little bit easier to overcome. 

11.06.2021 < Back