Everton have approached Jose Mourinho regarding the manager’s role at Goodison Park, according to reports.
The Sunday Times claims Everton have opened conversations with Mourinho’s representatives and backed with the financial clout of new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri they are confident of appointing a high-class replacement for Roberto Martinez.
Mourinho is believed to be at the top of a shortlist of candidates the Merseysiders have compiled with Southampton boss Ronald Koeman also under consideration.
The Blues though want Mourinho, although the report suggests the 53-year-old will likely refuse the job with the prospect of managing Manchester United still open.
‘The Special One’ has been out of work since November after his second spell in charge of Chelsea ended with the sack in November, but he has revealed he will be back in a job in July.
Reports over the weekend claimed Manchester United do not have an agreement in place with Mourinho, and talk of under-fire Louis Van Gaal staying on at Old Trafford have gathered momentum.
Everton club legend Neville Southall is in no doubt that Mourinho would be the right man for the club.
“Ideally what we need is a mix of David Moyes’ defensive solidity and Martinez’s attacking flair,” he told Paddy Power.
“So a Mourinho team would fit the bill perfectly. He is a proven winner and even if he was in for just three years he’d have won a trophy by then.
“He has the arrogance and swagger to lift Everton out of the mire. His teams are built from the back, but score plenty of goals and don’t give points away easily.”