Emery ‘approached’ over Everton job – report

Unai Emery is facing the sack.

Everton have reportedly made an informal approach to former Arsenal boss Unai Emery about the managerial vacancy at Goodison Park.

Duncan Ferguson is currently in interim charge of the Toffees and began his tenure with an encouraging 3-1 home victory over Chelsea on Saturday but the club are targeting a permanent boss.

Emery is available after being sacked from the Emirates Stadium following a dreadful run of results and poor displays by the Gunners.

He did lead Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League triumphs while also taking the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint Germain in the 2017-2018 campaign, but it did not work out in north London and he paid the price.

A report in The Guardian suggests Vitor Pereira, David Moyes, Marcelino, Leonardo Jardim, Ralf Rangnick and Carlo Ancelotti are all under consideration to replace Marco Silva on Merseyside and Emery’s name is now also on the list.


Silva’s record with Everton was similar to that of Emery’s at Arsenal and it would seem a strange appointment, but previous success elsewhere means he has not become a bad coach.

His style, while at odds with how Arsenal like to play, may work with the blue half of Liverpool, although it is open to question whether the appointment would go down well with the fans.

There have been calls for Ferguson to be considered for the position after the Scot inspired his charges to beat the Blues at the weekend, and the lift his passion gave to all inside Goodison was tangible.

However, history shows that club rarely stick with the man in temporary charge and those that do end up sacking them within 12 months.

Emery has a wealth of managerial experience despite being only 48, but there are some big names on the list that would probably jump at the chance to move into the Everton dugout.