Towards the end of Jose Mourinho’s reign at Manchester United, it appeared the players had become sick of his disciplined style of play which seemed to quash individuality in favour of grinding out results. However, the results were not coming, so the Portuguese manager was sent on his way.
Fast forward three years, and a similar situation has occurred at Everton. There is obvious talent in the squad, and the team have been unlucky with injuries. Still, in the end, the club was never sold on the pragmatic football of Rafa Benitez and he was unable to endear himself to the fanbase due to past links to their rivals.
And with the club currently hovering above the relegation zone, they require a significant bounce or could face dropping into the Championship.
Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard have been linked with the vacant managerial role alongside Mourinho himself (don’t do it to yourselves Everton). Still, my question is, why don’t the club take a risk with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
Now before you completely dismiss this idea based on the last six months of his management, what Solskjaer managed to achieve originally in the first two years of his United tenure was impressive. At Everton, he would have better conditions to thrive.
Everton’s squad is not bad, just under-utilised and would gel well with Solskjaer’s attacking style of play, which he would be able to use against more opponents since he is managing a side lower down the table.
Solskjaer is also an admirer of Everton’s talisman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and would look to get the best out of the striker. After United’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the 2019/20 season, he said about the striker who scored on the day: “David was too slow there, he knows that. But that’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin for you, he chases everything; he chases paper on a windy day. He deserved a goal for how he was playing.”
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“It’s [De Gea’s mistake] something that happens in football once in a while if you take too long on the ball. Calvert-Lewin always chases everything and it’s unfortunate that it goes in the goal.”
With a whole host of attacking talent at his disposal, including Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and even now Demarai Gray, Solskjaer may again be able to provide the club with a bounce if he was appointed as he did with United during his interim period.
Overall it would be a risk, but so would Rooney and Lampard, and whoever Everton appoint, they will need a turn of fortunes to avoid relegation and a miracle to end the season in a respectable position.
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