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Everton line up Ronald Koeman's replacement after another loss

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Life hasn't got much better for Everton after the sacking of Ronald Koeman almost a week ago.

Caretaker manager David Unsworth has been unable to halt the slide, losing his first two games in charge with a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, followed up by Leicester's 2-0 win earlier today.

The result leaves them stuck in the relegation zone, and the hopes and promise of their early transfer business have completely evaporated.

After spending over £150m in the summer, Everton have won just twice in the Premier League, and haven't won away from home in the competition since a 1-0 success at Crystal Palace in January.

The Blues have let in even a league-high 20 goals in just 10 games, and only Oumar Niasse and Wayne Rooney have hit the target for them so far.

However, the club are now a step closer to appointing Koeman's successor, after majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has named his first choice.

The Iranian wants Watford's Marco Silva, who has enhanced his profile by leading Watford into the top six of the Premier League.

Silva made waves with his management of Hull City after taking over on Humberside in January, giving them a fighting chance against relegation, though ultimately the damage had been before he joined the Tigers.

The Portuguese has played down talk of taking the reins at Goodison, particularly after making such an impressive start with Watford, but he's yet to officially rule himself out of the running.

Moshiri knows it would be a tough task to persuade him to make the move north during the season, and is also targeting Thomas Tuchel and Carlo Ancelotti if he fails with Silva.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright wants to see Unsworth given the job, as the former defender has supposedly improved the mood around the training pitch no end in the last week.

However, results are ultimately key, and the 44-year-old hasn't made the start he had hoped for.

Ultimately, Moshiri will have the final say, so Kenwright is unlikely to have his wish granted.

Topics:
Carlo Ancelotti
Ronald Koeman
Watford
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Everton
Wayne Rooney
Football
Premier League

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