Date: 11th April 2018 at 6:00pm
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The abject draw in the derby has hardly quelled speculation that the board will look to move on from Sam Allardyce at the end of the season.

Barring the fact he has helped steer us clear of the relegation zone, the performances since he has taken charge have done little to convince fans that he is the long term solution to our problems.

An interesting line coming out of France today is that Laurent Blanc could be in the running to take over at Goodison Park in the summer.

France Football magazine (via Le10 Sport) reports the former PSG manager is being considered by the club as a possible candidate to replace Sam. So what do we know about him?

After a highly distinguished playing career where he lifted the World Cup in 1998 as France’s captain, he has gone on to make a name for himself as a manager.

His first managerial role was highly successful. Taking over a Bordeaux team that finished sixth in Ligue One, he guided the French club to a runners up spot in his first season in charge, being named Manager of the Year in the process.

Blanc’s second year in the role went even better by winning the league title. He then went on to reach the Champions League quarter finals the following season after topping a group that included Bayern Munich and Juventus.

The Frenchman took over the France national team in 2010 following the debacle in South Africa that saw all 23 squad members suspended for disciplinary reasons. Despite the difficulties, he managed to guide them to qualification for Euro 2012 where they lost to Spain in the quarter finals.

With that difficult experience behind him, he was given the chance to manage oil rich Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. Blanc was essentially on a hiding to nothing with this job.

Due to the club’s superior financial clout, anything other than constant success would have been deemed a failure, and he delivered the trophies consistently. Three consecutive league titles, three League Cups, two French Cups and three French Super Cups.

Yet, it wasn’t enough for the Ligue One outfit’s owners. The club only reached the quarter finals of the Champions League under his management, and he was sacked in June 2016 with a win percentage of 73%.

The former Manchester United and Inter Milan defender has not had a job since then. Lyon, Chelsea and us are all said to be considering him as a potential option, and the above CV shows that he is certainty somebody who should be in the mix.