Having seen the relative success that Jürgen Klopp has had across Stanley Park in just two and a half seasons, Everton look set to make a move for a German coach of their own. According to UK paper The Daily Mail, a move for German supremo Ralf Ragnick has been reported this year. Apparently, he interviewed for the role after David Moyes left the Toffees, and could be considered again as their managerial search intensifies.
A 1-5 reverse at home, though, could make it hard to convince the man who is taking RB Leipzig further than they’ve ever been before as their Sporting Director. Successful results in the Champions League and a squad he has hand-picked would make it very hard indeed for him to walk away from the job, but the chance to renew his faux-rivalry with Klopp might be hard to turn down.
You see, Ragnick was the ‘Klopp before Klopp’ – he was seen as a tactical innovator and a very bright young coach in Germany. However, a lack of the same public persona seen him come across as abrupt and patronising in the German media and he failed to ignite his career as he had once been expected to do.
Add in the fact he is 59 and had to previously leave a managerial job for health issues, and it might be likely that he maintains his position at Leipzig. That being said, he’s one of the more ambitious names being linked with Everton at the moment.