New Everton manager faces instant test after ‘tough’ pre-season decision
With only a few weeks until Everton’s players return to Finch Farm for pre-season training, the club is still looking for a new manager.
The apparent hope is that by the time the squad begins preparations for the forthcoming 2021/22 season, Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement will have been named.
Then, whoever is chosen, there is only so much time to examine the players at his disposal and have a good look at them during the summer friendlies.
Everton’s timetable for the next few months comes into sharp focus at this point.
Pre-season fixtures are difficult to organize at the best of times during a summer filled with international competitions all around the world, let alone when you don’t have a manager at the helm.
But that’s what the Blues have had to deal with thus far, with three games remaining on the schedule in the coming weeks.
The first is a long-awaited journey to the United States to compete in the Florida Cup, with a match against Millonarios of Colombia coming before a meeting against either Arsenal or Inter Milan.
Then, only a week before the start of the 2021/22 season, Everton will go to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.
As far as pre-season schedules go, this one is modest, especially when compared to last year’s preparations, which were hampered by the Covid-19 outbreak and only saw two summer matches played.
For example, Marco Silva, Everton’s most recent summer appointment, had seven pre-season matches to get to know his side, starting with that 22-0 win over ATV Irdning and ending with two draws and four losses.
However, the dearth of summer fixtures this year could make it even more difficult for a new manager to get to grips with the resources available at Goodison Park.
The incoming manager will have spent the last few weeks researching the existing players at the club as well as the areas of the squad that they believe need development.
However, this might all change if they take. The summary comes to a close.