TalkSport insider Alex Crook has suggested that Nuno Espirito Santo’s move to Crystal Palace may have come to an end because of an approach from Everton.
A recent report from The Sun claimed that Nuno was “top of a wishlist that includes Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez” for the vacancy at Goodison Park, with Football Insider claiming that Everton have already interviewed the Portuguese head coach for the role, although there has reportedly been a stumbling block in those proceedings over his desire to keep his large backroom staff.
It had looked like Nuno was on the verge of being appointed at Selhurst Park, only for the deal to collapse at the 11th hour, and speaking on TalkSport, Crook seemed to claim that it could be because of a renewed interest from the Toffees:
“So they’ve [Crystal Palace] walked away, their search for a replacement for Roy Hodgson continues. And you do wonder now, with Nuno moving the goalposts so late into negotiations, has he possibly had a tap on the shoulder from Everton – another club this summer, one of many looking for a new manager? The plot thickens.”
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TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments on Nuno Espirito Santo, Crystal Palace and Everton…
So perhaps Everton were willing to be a little bit more lenient when it comes to backroom staff, perhaps? Or maybe some other factor? Either way, this should be good news for Everton fans if Crook is right and they have indeed been able to move Nuno away from Selhurst Park at the last minute.
If Nuno can pull off the same moves in terms of progressing Everton as he was able to do at Wolves, especially if he is able to use the same recruitment tools that he had at his disposal at Molineux, then you could argue Everton really do have the chance to get back into being serious contenders for Europe again.