Everton managerial target refuses to rule out a move

With Sam Allardyce public enemy number one on the Blue half of Merseyside, one potential replacement has refused to commit his future to his current club.

Everton fans have publicly voiced their opinions on the current Blues boss, especially following the recent Premier League defeat to Burnley, with ‘f*ck off Sam Allardyce’ just one of a number of chants heard coming from the away supporters.

The Blues have been linked with a number of managers including former Watford boss Marco Silva and current Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca, and the latter has now refused to commit his future to the club.

Fonseca took over at Shakhtar in 2016, and led them to the double on his first season, winning the Ukrainian Premier League and Ukrainian Cup. He is on course to claim the title for second successive season, holding a six point lead over Dynamo Kiev at the top of the table, but were this week eliminated from the Champions League by Roma.

Shakhtar have lost six of their last seven away games in the Champions League, and he has suggested that there isn’t enough financial  investment in Ukrainian football.

“We have to evaluate many aspects within the club. Ukrainian football is not at the same level as the top leagues in Europe, so we need completely different investment.”

When it comes to his own future, Fonseca admits everything is up in the air and refused to rule out a potential departure.

“I don’t know if I will remain. I can say that I like the team, the people and the country. Only time will tell.”

The news will come as a boost to Everton’s hopes of landing Fonseca, who is in the final year of a two-year deal.

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