Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been approached by Everton for their vacant managerial role, though it is ​believed the Spaniard wants more time to plot his next move.

Emery was sacked by the Gunners in late November following a terrible run of results which has basically made Champions League qualification near on impossible, though he is thought to be keen on improving his English language skills as he sees England as a viable location for his next role.

According to ​Sky Sports, an 'informal meeting' was held in London, with Emery already thinking about his next challenge following his departure from the Emirates.

Unai Emery

Everton's search for their next manager will intensify this week, with Monaco's Leonardo Jardim now among the leading candidates for the role at Goodison Park.

Caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson steadied the ship in brilliant fashion on Saturday, as Richarlison's early goal and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's brace earned a deserved 3-1 victory over Chelsea, hauling the Toffees out of the bottom three in the process.

However, Ferguson is not expected to take charge on a permanent basis, despite the Mirror reporting that Everton are having more trouble than they'd like in sounding out a potential replacement for Marco Silva.


Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was allegedly spoken to but unsurprisingly turned down the role, with Carlo Ancelotti - seemingly on the brink at Napoli following some poor results - is also said to be unreachable.

Niko Kovac - who was at the Chelsea game and has also been ​linked with the Arsenal job - and Marcelo Gallardo are other candidates ​rumoured to be in the running for the role.

David Moyes and Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira are two other potential successors, while there is also long held interest in Erik ten Hag, the mastermind behind Ajax's Eredivisie success and Champions League run last season.

Thankfully for ​Everton, Ferguson's immediate success as caretaker has taken some of the pressure off their managerial search, but the fixtures don't get much easier for the Merseyside club over the next few weeks.

A trip to a rejuvenated ​Manchester United on Sunday is next, followed by a Carabao Cup clash with high-flying Leicester. Games against ​Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are also on the horizon.


Ferguson isn't worried though and insists that he'll happily do the job for as long as he is required, stating: “We will take it from there. I’m here for as long as Everton want to be here, if they bring a new manager in tomorrow, then brilliant. 

"As it stands, I will just keep on coming in and keep doing what we are doing until someone tells us different.”

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