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Everton are considering making an approach for Patrick Vieira to be their new manager, Metro can reveal.
Vieira has been linked with a return to Arsenal following Arsene Wenger’s decision to stand down at the end of the season, but the captain of the Invincibles is just one of several candidates in the running to succeed his compatriot.
Despite spending close to £100million in the summer, Everton were forced to appoint Sam Allardyce in November following a disastrous start to the season.
Although the former England manger has comfortably achieved his primary target of ensuring Premier League survival, he has hardly endeared himself to the Goodison Park faithful.
‘They’re saying negative football and yet we buy two front men in Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun who for me have delivered the goods,’ Allardyce said ahead of Saturday’s final home game of the season, a 1-1 draw against Southampton.
‘Could our approach play be better? Yes it could, of course it could. Could our football flow more? Yes, yes it could.
‘But after everything that’s happened this year, I appreciate the hard work that the players have done and the improvement that they’ve made.’
Marco Silva was the Everton board’s first choice to replace Ronald Koeman, but after the Portuguese manager opted to remain with Watford, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri was reluctantly forced to turn to Allardyce, who signed a contract which runs until the summer of 2019.
Moshiri, who until 2016 held a significant stake in Arsenal, is a keen admirer of Vieira’s and intends to appoint a young, dynamic coach in the close season.
Vieira has cut his managerial teeth at New York City FC in the MLS and currently earns around £2million-a-year, a salary Everton could comfortably better.
The 41-year-old has long been earmarked for a senior position within the Manchester City Football group, but Metro understands the Premier League champions would not stand in Vieira’s way should he wish to return to England with another club.
Speaking about his future last month, Vieira said:
‘I still have, of course, next year. It is going to be my contract at least until the end of the season and then after that, anything can happen. ‘When your name is linked with big teams in Europe, it’s good,’ he said.
‘That shows that people are following what you are doing and you are doing a good job.’