The Everton board are considering appointing Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard as their next permanent boss following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti who left for Real Madrid on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a disappointing campaign for Evertonians who, despite a promising start, slumped to a mid-table finish without European football.
The announcement of Ancelotti in December 2019 was met with optimism from Toffees fans who saw this as a bold and exciting appointment to put Everton in the mix with some of the elite teams in the country; that simply hasn't happened.
Now a new strategy is needed with the Everton board set to meet at 3pm on Tuesday to discuss who should lead the team next season.
The board are drawing up a shortlist of desired managers and one surprise name on the list is current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
The former England captain, spent 17 seasons in Liverpool red winning the Champions League, UEFA Cup and FA Cup, as well as appearing eight times in the Premier League Team of the Season.
A known Liverpudlian, Gerrard often enjoyed playing against Everton representing the Red half of the city.
Gerrard isn't the only candidate, other names on the shortlist include ex-Reds manager Rafa Benitez, former boss David Moyes and his replacement Roberto Martinez.
Paulo Fonseca and Erik ten Hag are the other two names reportedly on the eye of the Everton board.
Ancelotti leaves with a sense of what might have been during his time at Everton.
After stabilising the club with a twelfth-placed finish, the Toffees were flying in his first full season in charge; the Italian was named Premier League manager of the month in September and Everton were momentarily top of the league in October.
They were still in the running for the Champions League places in December but a dismal second half of the season saw them slide to an eventual tenth.
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He leaves to re-join Real Madrid following Zinedine Zidane's departure at the Santiago Bernabeu.
In his two-year spell at Los Blancos between 2013-2015, Ancelotti won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa del Rey.
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