Former Newcastle, Crystal Palace and West Brom boss Alan Pardew has said that he would be open to taking the vacant Everton job but backed David Moyes to step in at the helm.
The Toffees are looking for someone new in the dugout after sacking Marco Silva on Thursday, a day after a damaging 5-2 Merseyside Derby defeat to Liverpool at Anfield which proved fatal for the Portuguese’s tenure.
The result put Everton in the Premier League relegation zone after 15 games of the season gone, with the defeat the club’s ninth of the league campaign.
Previous reports have indicated that ex-Blues boss Moyes is being considered as a potential successor and, speaking on Amazon Prime Sport, Pardew was coy about the possibility of taking over despite admitting that his credentials suit the job.
When asked if he would be a good candidate, Pardew said: “Of course.”
However, he added: “Moyes is a good fit for Everton, it looks like a lot of problems there, no cohesion, I’m not sure what the philosophy is.
“They’re in danger of being in a relegation scrap. There’s a lot of managers like myself who could do that kind of job.”
Pardew was also asked about why Silva’s tenure at Goodison Park fizzled out, saying: “You can never quite tell on transfers what the real story is,’ said Pardew. A lot of CEOs are getting involved in transfers.
“Some of the signings he made have been good, some not good. We like the power to sign the players, but in the current world it doesn’t always work like that.”
Elsewhere, BBC Sport are set to broadcast the second Merseyside Derby of the season, which comes in the form of an FA Cup third round tie at Anfield just weeks after Wednesday’s clash.
It is the second time the fixture has cropped up in the third round, with Liverpool beating their rivals in the 2017/18 season thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s header on his debut for Jurgen Klopp’s side.