Everton are lining up Nuno Espirito Santo as a potential replacement for the managerial position at the club following Carlos Ancelloti’s departure for Real Madrid.

Reports claim that Everton have began search for a new manager after Ancelotti’s exit from the club, and they have identified former Wolves boss Nuno Santo, West Ham United’s David Moyes, Steven Gerrard, Rafa Benitez among others as a likely target to take up the mantle of leadership at Goodison Park.

Nuno Espirito Santo, who earlier saw the exit door at Wolves at the end of the 2020/21 season has emerged as the favourite to pilot the affairs of Everton come next season. The Merseyside club reignited their interest in the Portuguese manager following the possibility of David Moyes extending his contract with West Ham United.

The former Wolves manager is however in strong contention to replace Ancelotti who suddenly parted ways with Everton hours ago to rejoin Real Madrid on a 3-year contract despite having three years remaining on his 11m-a-year deal with the Merseyside team.

The Italian manager led Everton to a disappointing 10th place finish in his one and only full season with the club. Albeit they opened the campaign brilliantly as the Toffees were a contender for European qualification, but they soon dipped off badly as the season wore on ultimately settling for the mid-table in the 2020/21 campaign.

Everton were assured that the 61-year-old will remain at the club after he reaffirmed his commitment to the long term project of the club’s management at the time when the news of his return to Real Madrid first filtered out. “I am really happy to stay here. I feel good at Everton and my target is to make Everton better and better every year.”

But in an unprecedented twist of fate, the manager made a U-turn on his statement to stay at Everton, and agreed to become the manager of the club where he won the Champions League for the third time in his career.

Ancelotti however admitted in a statement confirming his exit that his decision is as a result of an ‘unexpected opportunity’ presented to him by Real Madrid that seem to be the best bet for he and his family.

“While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time.”

The shocking departure of the former Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich manager from Everton has therefore paved way for Nuno Espirito Santo and others to be in line for the job. But who will become the new head coach at Goodison Park? It remain undecided but time will tell as the events unfolds.