Everton have interviewed Fabio Cannavaro for the vacant post of club manager, according to The telegraph.
The 48-year-old is believed to have impressed during his interview this week as the Premier League club search for Rafa Benitez’s replacement.
Duncan Ferguson was named for “next games” earlier in the week, indicating there is no timetable for when Everton hope to have a new manager.
Everton interview Fabio Cannavaro in Club Manager Search
A shortlist of three
The report also suggests the Merseyside club settled for a three-man shortlist.
It has already been widely reported that former Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard and Derby manager Wayne Rooney are in line for talks with the Everton hierarchy.
This follows numerous Everton-linked managers. Former director Roberto Martinez was initially placed on their shortlist, but their pursuit was blocked by the Royal Belgian Football Association. Martinez had hoped he could combine the two roles.
Speculation linking Jose Mourinho with the Everton role was also quickly put down. Graham Potter also dismissed interest in the job.
The managerial history of Fabio Cannavaro
Where Fabio Cannavaro was a constant figure at the top level of the game during his playing days, he has stayed away from the European spotlight during his coaching career so far.
The former World Cup winner started his career on the touchline with Ah-Ahli in July 2013. Cannavaro had already been at the club for two years, first as a club representative and then as a strategic advisor.
He left the United Arab Emirates in November 2014 for Chinese Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao. At the time, the country was in the midst of a football boom.
He returned to China in July 2016 where he “achieved the goals of the club” in 2016 and 2017. Cannavaro returned to Canton towards the end of 2017 and he to the left last September following the club’s financial difficulties. Cannavaro also briefly managed the Chinese national team between March and April 2019.
Cannavaro’s honors as a manager include the China League Cup, Chinese Super League and Chinese FA Super Cup. He was also named Chinese Coach of the Year in 2017.