Big names are being lauded for the vacant managerial roles at Everton and Leicester, but do they want to fight relegation, or for titles?
Carlo Ancelotti, Manuel Pellegrini, Thomas Tuchel and Roberto Mancini are just some of the favourites to replace Ronald Koeman and Craig Shakespeare.
Everton and Leicester are both clubs that hold themselves in a high esteem and, with big Premier League money behind them, might expect to land a big-name candidate.
Everton are an historic club that finished 7th in the Premier League last season and are competing in this season’s Europa League. Leicester won the Premier League only 18 months ago. But are either club currently the big attraction they think they are?
With 9 league games played, Everton are in the bottom three on 8 points and Leicester are only one point better off. These clubs might fancy themselves, but will their targets fancy them?
Big managers don’t want to battle against relegation, they want to challenge for titles. They expect to be at clubs that can deliver success, not avoid failure. And they have enough caché that they can wait for the right offer, not accept the wrong one.
Everton and Leicester might want to think big, but they might have to play safe, or take a cavalier risk. Both are fighting a relegation battle. They need to accept that, early, and appoint accordingly.
Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew are waiting in the wings with great track records for avoiding relegation. They might not tick the glamour box, but they both represent likely safety.
Marco Silva impressed at Hull last season and is doing well at Watford. He would be an exciting appointment for either club, but Hull did go down in the end. Chris Coleman has been inspirational with Wales, but can he cut it in the Premier League?
Everton and Leicester face crucial decisions that will affect their Premier League survival hopes. Can both get who they truly want? Will both have to settle for less? Can they both survive?