Sam Allardyce’s six-month reign as Everton manager was brought to an expected end on Wednesday after a relatively successful period at the helm.
Following the former England manager’s dismissal, attention now turns to Big Sam’s successor.
We take a look at five managers the club could look to appoint, with former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva the current bookies favourite.
1. Marco Silva
As has been stated, the former Watford boss is the current favourite to take the Goodison Park post.
The Portuguese is obviously a favourite with Everton bosses, having been the preferred option for the club before the appointment of Sam Allardyce last November.
Should Silva take the job, Everton fans will hope it’s the Silva that did so well with Hull to give them a fighting chance of survival during the 2016/217 season, and the man that had made such a great start to life at Watford before his dismissal after having his head turned by Everton’s approach last season.
2. Paulo Fonseca
Fonseca was another who was linked with the job in November before Allardyce was appointed.
The 45-year-old Portuguese boss has led Shakhtar Donetsk to consecutive championships in the Ukraine and also brought them to the last sixteen of the Champions League during his time there.
He has been heavily linked with the West Ham job now that David Moyes has had his short stay ended, but it is believed Fonseca would prefer a move to Goodison over the London Stadium should a move to England materialise.
3. Eddie Howe
The Bournemouth boss is one of the current English managers in the Premier League, along with Sean Dyche, that potentially deserves a chance at a higher level.
It is questionable though whether Dyche would leave Burnley this summer, having secured European football for next season.
Howe on the other hand, who has brought the Cherries to 16th, 9th and 12th place finishes in their top-flight campaigns to date, may be convinced to leave his post on the promise of significant transfer dealings and the opportunity to bring Everton to the forefront of English football.
4. Louis van Gaal
The former Manchester United boss may be seen as a dark horse, but the Everton hierarchy would be ill-advised to dismiss van Gaal’s claims.
The wily Dutchman appears to have another job in him, and although it could be argued he may be more suited to international management at this stage of his career, the opportunity to prove people wrong in England may be too good a possibility for him to turn down.
5. Mikel Arteta
This is very much determined by whether or not Arsenal decide to make Arteta their manager.
The current Manchester City coach is one of the favourites to replace Arsene Wenger, and is viewed as a top class head coach in waiting, but should he fail to land the Emirates job, maybe the Goodison Park position could become available to him.
Arteta has his own history with Everton having played for the club for six years between 2005 and 2011, and having worked under Pep Guardiola at City since 2016, Everton fans could perhaps expect Arteta to introduce some of Citys philosophy and style of play to their team.