Everton are in search of a new manager following the club’s decision to sack Rafael Benitez last weekend, the controversial gamble from owner Farhad Moshiri having backfired.
The Toffees have won just one of their past 13 league games and are just six points above the Premier League’s bottom three, the next appointment from Moshiri a crucial one with the threat of relegation becoming increasingly more realistic.
The billionaire owner has failed to oversee progress despite the huge sums invested in recent seasons with a whole host of managers having tried and failed to bring success to Goodison Park.
As the club search for a seventh permanent manager in just six years, we rate the impact of every Everton manager of the Farhad Moshiri era.
Roberto Martinez’s reign as Everton manager came to an end just months after Moshiri’s arrival, with the Spaniard having spent three seasons in charge of the Merseyside club.
Martinez had won a shock FA Cup during his time in charge of Wigan, but was unable to deliver elusive silverware to Everton despite a strong first season at the helm.
He guided the Toffees to a fifth-place finish and 72 points during the 2013/14 campaign – the club’s highest points total since last winning the league title in 1986/87.
Having promised Champions League football upon his appointment, performances dropped the following season as Everton finished 11th, with defensive fragility and an increasingly poor home record leading to criticism of the manager’s methods.
He was sacked in May 2016 despite reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cups, with Everton having won just 22 league games combined over the past two Premier League seasons. That haul was just one more than their total from Martinez’s first season in charge, demonstrating their decline.
Ronald Koeman arrived as manager after an impressive stint at Southampton, with the Dutchman initially improving the side as Everton finished the 2016/17 season in seventh to secure Europa League qualification.
Koeman’s plans for progress were hindered by the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, though the subsequent splurge on a catalogue of expensive misfits set the tone for his second season.
The likes of Davy Klaassen (£24.8m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£45m), Jordan Pickford (£25m), Wayne Rooney (free) and Michael Keane (£25m) arrived as part of a mixed bag of signings, with Everton spending more than £145m in a bid to bridge the gap to the division’s best.
Koeman’s side won just two of their opening nine league fixtures, however, with the manager sacked following a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal that left Everton in the Premier League’s relegation places.
Koeman’s tactics were continually questioned and there was a sense from some that he viewed Everton as a stepping stone to bigger things.
Sam Allardyce always looked an awkward fit at Everton and so it proved, with his reign lasting just six months before being sacked.
Allardyce’s reputation proceeded him and Everton turned to the Premier League’s most notorious firefighter with the club in the relegation places, with the new manager overseeing a turnaround after leading the Toffees away from trouble and to an eight-place finish.
Despite ranking sixth in the division for clean sheets and eighth for points won during his reign, Allardyce’s style of football alienated the fans as Everton registered less shots on goal than any other side in the division.
The Merseysiders were also 16th for pass accuracy as Allardyce implemented a more direct approach, one that has proven successful at lower-level sides but has won him few admirers when managing teams with loftier ambitions.
Marco Silva was named as Allardyce’s successor, with the Portuguese coach tasked with implementing a more attractive brand of football.
Everton backed the former Hull manager with £90m worth of new signings in the summer window, a recruitment drive that included the arrivals of Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina.
1.28 – Marco Silva's points-per-game average of 1.28 is the lowest of any Everton manager in the Premier League since Walter Smith between July 1998 to March 2002 (1.15). Dismissed. pic.twitter.com/W63idR7Sdl
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 5, 2019
The club finished eighth in his first full season in charge, but like his predecessors in the Moshiri era he failed to build on that campaign as a second season of regression followed.
This came despite spending another £100m, a window of disappointing signings that included the likes of Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean arriving at Goodison Park.
He won just 19 of his 53 league games in charge and his 35.9% win percentage was worse than each of the four previous permanent managers at Everton. Silva departed with the Toffees 18th in the division, having been beaten 5-2 at Liverpool in the third of consecutive league losses.
The marquee name that Everton had craved to launch an era of success, the Toffees tempted Carlo Ancelotti back to the Premier League in December 2019.
Ancelotti led Everton away from relegation fears to a 12th-place finish, whilst his reputation increased the club’s appeal as a deal for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez was secured during his first summer in charge.
The Italian also brought the best from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but a tenth-place finish in his first full season in charge represented somewhat of a disappointment
Everton’s poor home record was a concern throughout the campaign, though a first league win at Liverpool since 1999 increased his popularity amongst the club’s supporters.
🥴 Everton are guaranteed to finish this season with their worst ever points haul at Goodison Park in a single Premier League campaign
😬 Carlo Ancelotti's side have taken 19 points from a possible 54 at home in 2020/21 pic.twitter.com/DPNhiOn2rp
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 17, 2021
However, the lure of former side Real Madrid ended his time with the Toffees prematurely with Ancelotti walking away to the return to the Bernabeu in 2021.
He departed with the best points-per-game average of any Everton manager to have taken charge of at least 10 Premier League games (1.53), with David Moyes ranked second (1.5).
The gamble that has proven a major mistake from Moshiri, who ignored fierce protests from the Everton fanbase to appoint Rafael Benitez last summer.
Benitez’s six-season spell in charge of Liverpool meant he was a hugely unpopular appointment, even give a coaching pedigree that includes two league titles in Spain and European honours with Valencia, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez following his Everton sacking 👀 pic.twitter.com/FPCNci0sAu
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 17, 2022
Already facing a task to win over the crowd, Benitez was given limited funds to strengthen but his negative football further increased the unrest as Everton faltered following an initial strong start to the season.
After opening the season with three wins and draw from four games, Everton won just two of their next 15 to slide towards the Premier League’s relegation places and bring an early end to Benitez’s tenure.
Benitez posted a win percentage of just 23% in the Premier League, a damning statistic that brought an early divorce to an unhappy marriage.