Everton will invite both Niko Kovac and Rudi Garcia to present ideas to them as the club chase a new manager to replace Rafael Benitez.
Benitez was sacked by Everton earlier this month but Farhad Moshiri has yet to find a replacement for the Spaniard.
Duncan Ferguson is in charge until further notice, and there appear to be mixed messages emerging about Everton’s managerial hunt.
Vitor Pereira has become a hot name of late, but The Mirror claim that Moshiri has been persuaded into a U-turn on a quick deal.
Moshiri has been told not to rush into a risky appointment, meaning Everton are now looking towards other managers.
It’s stated that Kovac and Garcia have become ‘strong candidates’ for the Everton job and will be invited to ‘make presentations’.
Everton want to hear what both managers have to say, and those talks could soon take place with an appointment needed soon.
Kovac was bizarrely sacked by Monaco at the start of January despite three wins in four before his departure.
The Croatian guided Monaco to third place in Ligue 1 last season and left the club with a strong record, winning almost 57% of his games.
Kovac seems like a very sensible choice for Everton. He won the DFB-Pokal with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018 before winning the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich a year later.
His teams do well in cup competitions and he has got the best out of a number of young players – all things Everton should be interested in.
Garcia is another out-of-work boss having left Lyon at the end of last season.
Garcia’s best work in management came with Lille, winning the Ligue 1 title back in 2011.
In his last four jobs, Garcia has been pretty consistent. The win rates at Lille, Roma, Marseille and Lyon stand at 50.39%, 51.69%, 48.59% and 53.85%.
They’re all in a similar region, usually winning around half of his games – and Everton may find that record appealing.
Both make more sense than going for Pereira, but there are new claims that the Portuguese boss if Moshiri’s top target – meaning Kovac and Garcia may face a battle to ultimately convince Moshiri.