Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman believes David Moyes would be an ideal candidate to replace Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park, but has questioned whether he would be a good long-term option.
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Koeman was let go on Monday following a dismal start to the season, with the Toffees’ most recent result – a 5-2 hammering at home to Arsenal – seeing the Merseyside club drop into the Premier League’s relegation zone.
And Osman, a cult hero at Goodison having represented the club from 2000 to 2016, feels his former manager Moyes could be a great candidate to get his old club back on track, but isn’t sure whether the Scot is a good long-term option.
“I think Moyes would be able to do a good job immediately – he knows the club inside and out,” Osman told Sky Sports.
“Whether he would be a long-term candidate, I don’t know what the chairman is looking at. Is he looking at immediate results or someone who has a real pedigree of winning trophies?
“Or are they looking at someone like David Unsworth from the academy, who really knows the club and can bring the young lads through and inspire an Everton core?
“It’s really interesting to see what [club owners] Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright are thinking right now.”
With Everton having spent a reported £142 million in the summer transfer window the Toffees had been tipped to push for a Champions League spot, but failure to pick up a proven, in-form striker to replace Romelu Lukaku has seen the club struggle in front of goal.
Regardless, the influx of new talent on Merseyside has laid the foundations of a strong squad, and Osman believes the summer business, if a little flawed, will make the club an attractive prospect for potential new managers.
“There’s a reason why things haven’t quite gone well but Everton will be a really good club for someone to take over,” the 36-year-old said.
“They have some fantastic players, a real set-up behind them and good money invested in the club.
“Okay, you might need a transfer window to get in a few bodies that a new manager would like, but Everton are a really desirable club that people will be after.”