Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Marcelino back in October and now Marca claims that Everton have sounded him out. The Toffees sacked Frank Lampard yesterday after an alarming run of form that has seen them slump to 19th place.
Everton now have a huge call to make. Appointing the right manager could be the difference between the Premier League and the Championship next season.
Forest were surprisingly linked with a move to appoint Marcelino last year. The Reds had just lost to Leicester and reports claimed they were considering the future of Steve Cooper.
The Reds showed the ultimate faith in Cooper in the end. They handed him a new three-year contract and since then, the team’s form has picked up considerably.
Everton have already been linked with several managers since the news about Lampard came out yesterday. Marcelo Bielsa, Thomas Frank and Ralph Hasenhuttl have all been named as potential successors to the former Derby manager.
It’s easy to see why Marcelino has been linked. He boasts bags of experience of managing in Spain having been in charge of Villarreal, Valencia, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao.
Most recently he was linked with the Spain vacancy. Luis Enrique departed after a sub-standard World Cup campaign and Marcelino was tipped before Luis de la Fuente was appointed.
Forest were linked with Marcelino but now he could be Everton saviour
The Goodison Park job could be one of two things. It could be a perfect job for someone or it could prove to be a poisoned chalice with backroom unrest clearly unsettling things.
Marcelino has dealt with some sticky situations during his long-standing managerial career. He’s helped to stabilise several clubs and that must be playing into the club’s thinking.
The 57-year-old is a safe pair of hands but as with any appointment, there would be a degree of risk. Marcelino has never managed in England and perhaps Everton would prefer a tried and tested option at this stage.