Everton approached former Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac their new boss after sacking Marco Silva in December, according to a German report.
The Blues decided to part ways with Silva after 18 months in charge following a 5-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
They ultimately hired Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement just over two weeks later in a move that has turned out well for all parties.
It seems, though, they could have gone down a different route, with Sport 1 revealing they made an official offer to Kovac as well.
Bayern Munich sacked the Croatian boss at the beginning of November after a disappointing start to the season and something of a player revolt in Bavaria.
A month later he was spotted in the stands to watch Everton’s win over Chelsea, sparking speculation that he was a candidate for the vacancy at Goodison Park.
That was quickly dismissed at the time, with it stated he was simply in England to watch various games, but it turns out there may have indeed been more to it.
Sport 1 claim that ‘Everton wanted Kovac’ and made him an offer to become their new boss, but the chance ‘came too early’ as the Croatian boss ‘wanted to recharge his batteries’ following his short stint at Bayern.
Everton, presumably, then turned to Ancelotti and got him instead in an appointment that’s not only proven to be smart but also one that is a million times more exciting than Kovac would have been.