Everton have been linked with more managers than players over the past few days.

The Toffees’ search for Carlo Ancelotti’s successor is yet to yield any results, 10 days after the Italian left Everton for Real Madrid.

On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini has emerged as a shock candidate for the Merseyside club.

The Chilean has had his stints with Manchester City, where he won the title, and West Ham United.

Mundo Deportivo have relayed claims made in the British press and claim that it ‘seems difficult for Everton’ to take the 67-year-old away from the Spanish club, after he guided them to European qualification.

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The former City manager has two years left on his contract and Betis sporting director Antonio Cordón has stressed the coach will continue at the club.

According to the report, the South American is in ‘daily contact’ with Cordón and keeps himself up to date with plans for the summer market.

In addition to this, Pellegrini has plans to ‘take a break’ from his vacation and return to Seville next Monday and meet Betis leaders, to outline plans for next season.

These factors, coupled with his desire to fulfil his contract, makes it difficult for Everton to take him away from the Spanish club.