Frank Lampard’s sacking has opened up another coveted Premier League managerial job at Everton, with Ange Postecoglou’s name already being thrown in the mix as a possible replacement.
England and Chelsea legend Lampard was dismissed after less than a year in charge at the struggling club, which is languishing in 19th position and facing a fight for top flight survival.
Former Burnley boss Sean Dyche, ex-Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa and West Ham’s former Everton manager David Moyes have been named among potential candidates to replace Lampard — and so too has ex-Socceroos and now Celtic manager Postecoglou having previously been linked with the club.
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Scottish Mail reporter Gary Keown reported earlier this month Everton have been monitoring the Australian since the English club and Celtic faced off in the Sydney Super Cup in early November.
“Everton have been linked with the Aussie since Celtic met them in the Sydney Super Cup. They are going to be looking for a new manager very, very soon,” Keown wrote.
“If they are willing to appoint Frank Lampard, a bloke who couldn’t get Derby out of the Championship before bombing at Chelsea, why wouldn’t they give the likes of Postecoglou a chance?
“Right now, he is starting to give off the vibe of a guy who might just welcome a change of scenery and an escape from the circus back into the normal world.”
Postecoglou’s name has come up again in the hours since Lampard’s sacking with the UK Mirror naming him as one of the top six contenders for the vacant job.
“Postecoglou’s character suggests that he’s got the makings of a steely Toffees boss and would face the relegation fight full on,”
“But will the 57-year-old want to end his love affair with Celtic after just one title and a brief Champions League run? It’d be a tough decision if Bill Kenwright and co came calling.”
Postecoglou is rated a 16/1 chance of getting the job in UK betting markets withThe Scotsman’s Mark Atkinson also questioning whether the Australian would even want to take the job as he continues to build Celtic into the clear dominant force in Scottish football.
“Everton are expected to turn to someone who has prior experience of a relegation battle in the EPL, which makes Dyche so attractive,” Atkinson said.
“While Postecoglou is admired in England for his work at Celtic Park, he would more likely fit a summer appointment with proper time to rebuild, plus it is unlikely the Australian would swap Celtic Park for a relegation battle.”
Postecolgou’s success since switching to Scotland from Japan has earned him constant links to the Premier League but he insisted late last year a potential switch to England was “not really on my radar”.
“It’s a bit like our players, I keep saying to them that if they do what they do well, all this other stuff takes care of itself, whatever their ambitions or my ambitions may be,” Postecoglou told Fox Sports News.
“My ambition’s always been the same wherever I’ve been, to be as successful as I can. I’ve charted a course that’s got me to where I am today, I’ve just tried to do it to the best of my ability and opportunities arise from there.
“Right now, I’m at a massive football club, mate. I’m living the dream, I’m enjoying every minute of it, and I’m determined to bring as much success as I can to it while I’m here.”