BLUES BOSS: Who will take up the role?
Since Carlo Ancelotti's shock exit as manager of Everton, the rumour mill has been rife with speculations of who could be his replacement.
Ancelotti joined Everton on a four-and-a-half-year contract in December 2019 to take up the role of Head Coach at Real Madrid but left at the beginning of the month to take up the role of Head Coach at Real Madrid.
Ancelotti, who previously managed Real between 2013 and 2015, guiding the club to a 10th European title, has agreed a three-year contract with Real Madrid.
The 61-year-old Italian guided Everton to a 10th-placed finish last season and now leaves them looking for a sixth permanent boss in five years.
Ancelotti replaces Zinedine Zidane in the Spanish capital. Zidane's recent resignation came after Real's failure to win a trophy last season.
Brighton boss Graham Potter is the bookies favourite to become Everton's next manager.
He's overtaken Nuno Espirito Santo who left Wolves by mutual consent last month. Crystal Palace have refused to be drawn on reports that talks with Santo over the vacant managerial position have broken down.
David Moyes had been linked with a return to Everton but it's understood he's agreed in principle to signing a new contract with West Ham.
Eddie Howe, former reds boss Rafael Benitez and the toffees assistant manager Duncan Ferguson are all names linked with the managerial role.
On his exit Ancelotti told Everton's website: "I would like to thank the board of directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have all given me during my time at the club.
"I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them.
"While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time."
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