Some Everton fans who follow Sport Witness probably remember that last week, we suggested that French manager Christophe Galtier could be the right man to take charge of the Toffees.
Following a great campaign with Lille where he beat Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title, the 54-year-old is full of qualities which could make him the ideal replacement for Carlo Ancelotti at the Goodison Park.
Now in case Everton and Marcel Brands are interested in Galtier’s services, we now see some interesting news from France regarding his current situation.
The manager has one year left on his contract with Lille, and according to Le10Sport, he’s engaged in talks with Nice for a three-year deal. However, Lille are demanding between €8m and €10m to release him.
They say Lille knew about Galtier’s wish to leave the club for a while, and had a gentlemen’s agreement not to make it public. Now, however, they’re playing hard to let the champion leave them.
That’s certainly a lot of money for Nice to spend on a manager’s release clause, although we wonder if that’d be a worthy investment for Everton.
And amid the Nice saga, it turns out that some influential people are backing up Galtier for the Toffees job as well. Speaking to Sky Sports, former Lille football director Luis Campos has claimed that the Frenchman could be the right name for the job.
“He likes to build a side with quality and youth. He is someone who can develop a team ethic. He has all the qualities to coach in England,” Campos said today (via Ben Grounds).