Farhad Moshiri could be forced into Everton first by Christophe Galtier.


Farhad Moshiri could be forced into Everton first by Christophe Galtier.

In the managerial area, Everton has a habit of avoiding risk.

Since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, the club has had 16 different managers, including caretaker managers, with 12 of them being British.

Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Marco Silva, and Carlo Ancelotti are the four foreign managers who have taken over at Goodison Park after gaining Premier League experience abroad.

The latter just moved from Merseyside to Madrid, prompting the Blues to look for a replacement at a time when the managerial market isn’t exactly flooded with choices.

In their present search for a replacement, Everton’s history suggests they will prefer familiarity, although Christophe Galtier could convince the club to embrace the unfamiliar.

Everton is said to be open to hiring a manager who has never managed in the Premier League, and the 56-year-old has only managed in France.

Galtier, who shared the Ligue 1 Coach of the Year award with Ancelotti while at St. Etienne in 2013, isn’t as well-known in the footballing world as the Italian, and his trophy cabinet isn’t quite as impressive yet, but he is a more recent winner of coveted hardware.

While in command of Lille OSC, the Frenchman won his first Ligue 1 title just weeks ago, finishing one point ahead of petrodollar-fueled Paris Saint-Germain. Lille OSC had a positive net spend of almost £135 million over the last five years.

He hasn’t won as much as the guy who will now lead Real Madrid, but considering Everton’s relative position in England’s top tier compared to rival teams, it may be argued that his success while in charge of Lille is more translatable and acceptable.

Galtier has achieved his improbable success by constructing a set and practical 4-4-2 system, created to get the most out of each of his small but capable squad’s under-the-radar talent.

Last season, his club won 24 of their 38 games, scoring 41 goals more than they conceded at the other end on their way to the title.

Lille had the fewest players of any Ligue 1 team. The summary comes to a close.


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