Ange Postecoglou has reportedly emerged as the leading contender to replace Frank Lampard at Everton, should the former Chelsea manager be sacked.
After narrowly avoiding the drop last season, the Toffees are again flirting with relegation and head into the World Cup break in 17th place, just one point clear of Nottingham Forest
Everton were hammered 4-1 at Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and lost 3-0 to the Cherries on Saturday in their second trip to the Vitality Stadium in four days.
After a run of six unbeaten games in the Premier League, the Blues have now lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions heaping pressure on Lampard, who only took over at Goodison Park in January.
According to reporter Alan Nixon, the former England star’s job is on the line and Everton have already identified Postecoglou as the ideal man to replace him.
Nixon wrote in his Patreon that Everton’s hierarchy has been impressed by Postecoglou’s ‘fast and attractive football’ and by his ‘straight-talking’ approach.
Incidentally, Postecoglou and Lampard share the same agent – CAA Base – and will meet in Sydney on Sunday when Celtic face Everton in a mid-season friendly.
The former Socceroos boss has enjoyed a dream start to his Celtic career, restoring the Hoops to the top of Scottish football at the first time of asking as Celtic wrestled back the league title from Rangers in his inaugural SPL campaign.
Celtic finished 25 points behind Rangers in 2021 and lost three of Postecoglou’s first six game in charge, before embarking on a 31-game unbeaten league run to reclaim the title and also won the Scottish League Cup final.
The impressive results have led to keen interest from Premier League clubs – with Postecoglou linked with the top job at Brighton and Leicester.
The Seagulls have since replaced the Chelsea-bound Graham Potter with Roberto De Zerbi, while Brendan Rodgers has at least temporarily put doubts over his future at Leicester to bed.