Everton in advanced talks with Nuno over replacing Ancelotti as manager

Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is the strong favourite to be appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Goodison Park.

Everton will hold further talks with Nuno Espírito Santo this weekend that could conclude with the former Wolves manager being appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement.Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season after four years in charge, was close to becoming manager of Crystal Palace earlier this month before negotiations broke down.

Nuno returned to the top of Moshiri’s wish-list after the breakdown of his proposed move to Palace, and with Moyes committed to West Ham. He would be Everton’s sixth permanent manager in the past five years.

Negotiations remain to be concluded on issues such as the size of Nuno’s coaching staff – part of the reason Crystal Palace withdrew their interest in the 47-year-old this week – but providing talks run smoothly Moshiri could appoint the former Valencia and Porto coach next week.

The influence of Nuno’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is another potential complication for a club whose transfers are handled mainly by Brands.

He was contracted to Wolves until the summer of 2023, but agreed to part ways following the conclusion of this season, which saw them finish 13th.

Nuno, a goalkeeper in his playing days, previously managed Rio Ave between May 2012 and May 2014, Valencia from July 2014 until November 2015, and Porto during the 2016-17 season.

His four years at Wolves, where he was manager for 199 games, was by some distance his longest spell in charge of the same club.

Against Everton with Wolves, Nuno managed two wins (one at Molineux and at Goodison Park), three defeats and one draw.

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