Everton are reported to have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini and are now set to speak to other candidates as they step up their search for a new manager.
Everton are considering a number of ‘high-profile options’ as Roberto Martinez’s successor at Goodison Park but have spoken to Pellegrini first, according to the Daily Mail.
The job would appeal to the Chilean, who could continue in the Premier League without having to leave his Cheshire home, but the newspaper says it is ‘far from certain’ the 62-year-old will be appointed, with Everton’s new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri set to meet several other candidates this week.
They are set to include Southampton’s Ronald Koeman, and Frank De Boer, who has just left his position at Ajax, with both Dutchmen both represented by Guido Albers.
Everton are also keen to discover whether Sevilla’s Unai Emery still wants to manage in England, it is said, with the Daily Telegraph claiming a meeting is planned for the next 72 hours.