Date: 11th December 2019 at 6:00pm
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Some Everton fans have been reacting on social media to reports by The Times, which claimed that majority owner Farhad Moshiri had taken personal charge of identifying Marco Silva’s replacement.

The club sacked Silva last week after the Portuguese oversaw a run of two wins in 11 Premier League games, with Moshiri placing Duncan Ferguson in an interim head coach role while he searches for a permanent replacement.

Ferguson led the first-team to a resounding 3-1 win over Chelsea in his first game as a head coach, but the club are keen to install Silva’s permanent replacement swiftly, with Sunday’s clash with Manchester United the favoured first game for the new manager to take charge of.

Former head coach David Moyes is understood to be in the running to re-join the Toffees after walking away six years ago, and is a potential candidate to take up a short-term role at Goodison Park.

Moshiri could still offer the Scot, who has been out of work since the end of the 2017/18 season, a longer-term contract, and is believed to have prepared an offer for Moyes after Vitor Pereira ruled himself out of succeeding Silva.

Pereira had impressed Everton chiefs during an interview, but has since been offered a new contract by his current side Shanghai SIPG, which would increase his wage from around £19.4million-per-year to £25m-p/y.

Is Moshiri making a mistake taking control of the manager search?

Yes, leave it to Marcel Brands

Yes, leave it to Marcel Brands

No, he knows what he wants

No, he knows what he wants

Moshiri could yet hold off on presenting Moyes the offer he has prepared, with Carlo Ancelotti now on the market after being fired by SSC Napoli on Tuesday night after securing the Serie A side’s progression into the Champions League Last 16.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to The Times’ claim that Moshiri has taken personal control of finding Silva’s successor and has prepared a contract offer for Moyes…

In other Everton news, a 47-year-old has been backed to “bring some happiness” to Goodison Park, if named as Silva’s successor.