Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri is on the look out for a new manager, with the club having sacked Ronald Koeman last month following a disastrous run of form.
And while the bookmakers have installed Burnley’s Sean Dyche, ex-England manager Sam Allardyce and Watford boss Marco Silva as potential candidates, Moshiri is reportedly looking toward a bigger name to take charge.
Yes, according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, the 62-year-old is attempting to bring Simeone to the Premier League:
Owner Farhad Moshiri wants Diego Simeone to be Everton manager. Other more realistic targets: Allardyce & Marco Silva or give it to Unsworth
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) November 7, 2017
However, it seems a touch unrealistic, with Everton languishing in the relegation zone.
Equally, it’s difficult to imagine Simeone leaving Atleti, especially after leading the club to a La Liga title, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League and two Champions League finals since taking charge in 2011.
Fans on Twitter were quick to remind Moshiri that the Argentine may be his top target to fill the position… but nobody is really expecting the 47-year-old to rock up at Goodison any time soon:
Naebother moshiri ???
— Ryan Doris (@RyanDoris1) November 7, 2017
— Steve McVeigh (@SteveMcVeigh123) November 7, 2017
Ahaha unsworth and simeone in the hat for the same job seems legit
— Daire O'Brien (@ob_daire) November 7, 2017
— Stuart (@Stuart_MBE) November 7, 2017
Realistically we'll end up with Allardyce and youse will have Moyes… gonna be a long season for us both.
— Schneiderman (@SchneidermanEFC) November 7, 2017
— Brian (@whitesideEFC) November 7, 2017
Fucking hell nothing like dreaming big lads
— Nath (@RaveeDawg) November 7, 2017
I’m sorry, but Simone is going up another level when he leaves his current club, not down.
— inthezone (@inthezoneuk) November 7, 2017
What the hell is going on pic.twitter.com/DQ23rvCgMq
— realfinners (@realfinners) November 7, 2017
— EdM.Media (@EdMdotMedia) November 7, 2017
— Mick (@MickHLFC5) November 7, 2017
Are Moshiri’s comments a blatant attempt to appease a frustrated fan base?
Or can the club realistically target a manager of Simeone’s stature?