Ange Postecoglou might want to “escape from the circus” at Celtic and should be the number one target for Everton if they sack Frank Lampard, according to Gary Keown in the Scottish Mail on Sunday.
Toffees boss Lampard has come under huge levels of scrutiny lately as his side dropped into the Premier League relegation zone following an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Brighton at Goodison Park.
The loss extended Everton’s winless run in English football to eight matches and intensified the pressure on both Farhad Moshiri to bring in the necessary transfers to propel the club back away from the drop zone.
Writing in the Scottish Mail On Sunday (8 January, page 110), journalist Keown said the Toffees have been keeping tabs on Postecoglou since the World Cup break, and the Aussie manager might be ready for a move away from the Hoops.
He said: “Everton have been linked with the Aussie since Celtic met them in the Sydney Super Cup. They are going to be looking for a new manager very, very soon.
“If they are willing to appoint Frank Lampard, a bloke who couldn’t get Derby out of the Championship before bombing at Chelsea, why wouldn’t they give the likes of Postecoglou a chance?
“Right now, he is starting to give off the vibe of a guy who might just welcome a change of scenery and an escape from the circus back into the normal world.”
Postecoglou certainly has a brimming CV from his time managing in Australia, and he has taken to life at Celtic like a duck to water.
After leading the Hoops to the Scottish Premiership title last season, he has once again put Rangers to the sword this term, with his side currently 12 points ahead of their bitter rivals.
It does seem to be a matter of when, not if, Postecoglou will make the next step to Premier League football, but considering Everton’s current predicament, would he really want to join the sinking ship?
If he were to make a move, would he be given any funds in January? Would he be allowed to make the signings he believed would get the Toffees out of trouble?
With Everton currently in financial turmoil and Lampard not yet given the money to improve his paper-thin squad, Postecoglou might well wish to stay above the Scottish border and add another title to his ever-growing trophy cabinet.