Everton are looking for a new manager after Frank Lampard was sacked less than a year after his inauguration.
Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the job applicants.
The Argentine veteran brought Leeds back to the Premier League, but the club was sacked threatening relegation. The time it takes to practice unique coaching methods and complex game systems can have an immediate impact.
Dyche has been unemployed since his nearly ten-year stay at Burnley ended in April – which is considered a plus by a club still grappling with profit and sustainability rules. The 51-year-old is highly knowledgeable in surviving relegation battles, and his prudent approach and hard-working style may be just what Everton needs – but an unpopular choice for some fans.
A particular favorite of President Bill Kenwright, the former Toffees boss has made his name on the list of potential candidates several times since leaving in 2013 after 11 years of relative success. His position at West Ham has been questioned, and unless he is sacked in the near future, it would be a surprise to see him swapping the roster and resources he has in London for an emotional spin on Goodison.
For the former Toffees academy grad, going back to his childhood club might be a romantic option and may have the support of some fans, but his managerial credentials are still not tested at the highest level as he fell out of the Championship with a financially troubled Derby. He is currently in charge of MLS side DC United but that will not be an obstacle.
Nuno Espirito Santo
Nuno is currently the manager of Saudi Professional League club Al-Ittihad but may enjoy a return to the Premier League. He had some success with the Wolves before performances started to drop but failed at Tottenham. His ‘solid’ brand of football may not be universally popular.
‘Big Sam’ spent five and a half months as Everton boss between November 2017 and May 2018, climbing from 13th to eighth in the Premier League. The 68-year-old celebrity may be a relegation firefighter, but his reassignment might not be pleasant to an already disillusioned fan base.
Everton hero Ferguson left his coaching position at Goodison in July to pursue his managerial ambitions, but has yet to find a job. He spent two short spells as caretaker boss as the club pursued another permanent manager, but his tactical acumen and relegation-fighting suitability were not proven.