Everton managed only one league win since they sealed three points against Norwich City in September, and that came against Arsenal in December.

A serious of poor results, that saw the Toffees pick four points from the last eight games, convinced them to part ways with manager Rafael Benítez. The Merseyside club confirmed on Sunday the Spaniard has “left the club with immediate effect”.

The Premier League side are now looking for the former Liverpool manager’s successor and have already been linked to a handful of candidates. This includes Gennaro Gattuso, who has been without a job since leaving Napoli at the end of last season.

TuttoMercatoWeb explain Benítez’s exit from Goodison Park could ‘open very interesting scenarios’ for the Italian, who has ‘finished on top of the list’ of possible candidates for the English club.

It’s claimed there have been ‘contacts’ in the ‘last hours’, to ‘understand the feasibility’ of the 44-year-old arriving at Goodison Park. TMW believe there will be ‘news in the next few hours’.

However, Gattuso is not the only candidate as Everton also have Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, Derby County boss Wayne Rooney and Belgium manager Roberto Martínez in their target list.