EVERTON is fighting Crystal Palace for Nuno Espirito Santo to succeed Carlo Ancelotti.
Goodison’s supremo Farhad Moshiri seeks his SIXTH boss in five years after Ancelotti joined Real Madrid on Tuesday.
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Moshiri put former Wolves coach Nuno at the top of a results list that includes Eddie Howe and Rafa Benitez.
And Nuno’s Portuguese compatriot Vitor Pereira – who has spent the past three years with Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG – also enjoys the job.
Ancelotti, who has led the Toffees to tenth this season, said: “I want to thank the board, the players and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have given me.
“I hope Everton can seize the exciting opportunities they have ahead of them.
“Although I enjoyed being at Everton, I was presented with an unexpected opportunity which is the right decision for me and my family.”
Palace has been in talks with Nuno for a few days and he is their first choice to replace Roy Hodgson, who is retiring.
But the Toffees’ bigger budget and ambitions could influence Nuno.
A stumbling block will be Duncan Ferguson’s role in Everton’s new coaching staff, as Nuno may want his own staff.
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Ferguson was considered for the job but Nuno’s experience made him the favorite.
Ancelotti had three years left on a £ 11million a year contract and Everton will get at least £ 30million in compensation.
He succeeds Zinedine Zidane, six years after being sacked by Real despite winning the Champions League.