List of Everton F.C. managers

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The following is a list of Everton F.C. managers from the founding of Everton F.C. in 1878 until the present.

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William Edward Barclay was the club secretary for Everton's first season in the newly founded Football League but was replaced the following season by Dick Molyneux. Molyneux brought the first title to the club, winning the First Division in the 1890–91 season. He managed the club for eleven seasons before being replaced in 1901 by William C. Cuff who brought further success in the shape of another League title in the 1914–15 season and the club's first FA Cup, a 1–0 victory over Newcastle United at Crystal Palace. Between the First and Second World Wars, the club enjoyed its first prolonged period of success under the guidance of Thomas H. McIntosh. Despite relegation to the Second Division in the 1928–29 season, he led the team to back-to-back Second and First Division championships in 1931 and 1932, the 1933 FA Cup and two successful appearances in the Charity Shield. A fifth league title was secured in 1938–39 while the club was run by committee, while in 1939 Theo Kelly was appointed as the club's first manager after the succession of secretaries and senior coaches who were responsible for team selection. [1] [2]

With the pre-War team dispersed, the club struggled to reassert its dominance in the late 1940s and eventually suffered relegation to the Second Division under Cliff Britton in the 1950–51 season. After finishing second in the 1953–54 season, the club returned to the top tier of English football, the level at which they have played ever since. In 1961, the club appointed Harry Catterick as manager who led the club to the league title again in both the 1962–63 and 1969–70 seasons, with the league successes punctuated by another FA Cup triumph, this time a 3–2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley.

The club failed to achieve further league or cup success until the appointment of former Everton player Howard Kendall in 1981. Kendall initially proved unpopular with the Goodison Park crowd, but this was not to last as he led Everton to their most successful season ever winning the European Cup Winners' Cup and the First Division in the 1984–85 season. [3] Following success in the Charity Shield twice and another League championship in 1986–87, Kendall resigned from Everton to manage Spanish side Athletic Bilbao. He returned for two further spells during the 1990s (1990–1993 & 1997–1998) but without such success. Former Everton player and Oldham Athletic manager Joe Royle was appointed in 1994 following the disastrous reign of Mike Walker (1994 for 10 months) winning the FA Cup in the same season. Injury crises and players such as Andrei Kanchelskis being sold led to Royle's resignation in March 1997. [4] Former Rangers manager, Walter Smith, took the position in August 1998, but he failed to transfer the success he had achieved in Scotland. With three bottom-half finishes in his first three seasons, and facing relegation in the 2001–02 season, Smith was sacked. He was replaced by fellow Scot David Moyes who led the club back into European football, finishing fifth in the 2006–07 season. Under Moyes's 11-year managership, the club prospered, qualifying for the Champions League in 2005 and reaching the FA Cup final in 2009. However, the long-awaited trophy that his leadership deserved eluded him. Having stalled on contract renewal discussions, and following the announcement of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager of Manchester United at the end of the 2013 season, Moyes succeeded him at Old Trafford.

Moyes's replacement was Roberto Martínez, the club's first manager from outside Britain and Ireland. After three seasons, the last of which saw Everton return their worst home record in the club's 138-year history, Martínez was sacked in May 2016 and replaced by Ronald Koeman a month later. Koeman was sacked in October 2017 after 16 months in the job following a 5–2 defeat to Arsenal that had dropped the club into the relegation zone. [5] Sam Allardyce was named as Koeman's permanent replacement in November 2017. [6] He was replaced at the end of 2017–18 by Marco Silva after finishing in 8th [7] Silva was sacked in December 2019 following a 5–2 defeat to Liverpool, [8] with Duncan Ferguson taking over as interim manager until the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti on 21 December 2019. [9] Ancelotti would depart the club at the end of the 2020–21 season, returning to coach Real Madrid. [10] On 30 June 2021, Rafael Benitez was named as Ancelotti's successor. [11]

Managers

As of match played 14 August 2021. Only professional, competitive matches are counted.
Table of Everton F.C. managers, including tenure, record and honours
ManagerNationalityFromToGamesWDLWin %Honours [12] Notes
William Edward Barclay Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg Ireland August 1888May 1889229211040.91 [13]
Dick Molyneux Flag of England.svg  England August 1889May 190138619464128050.26 1 Division One title [14]
Will Cuff Flag of England.svg  England August 1901May 1918577275110192047.66 1 Division One title,
1 FA Cup
[15]
W.J. Sawyer Flag of England.svg  England August 1918May 19190000! [16] [17]
Thomas H. McIntosh Flag of England.svg  England August 1919May 1935719286179254039.78 2 Division One championships,
1 Division Two championship,
1 FA Cup,
2 Charity Shields
[18]
CommitteesMay 1935June 1939180763668042.22 1 Division One championship [19]
Theo Kelly Flag of England.svg  England June 19391 September 1948100381943038.00 [19]
Cliff Britton Flag of England.svg  England 1 September 19481 February 195634412592127036.34 [20]
Ian Buchan Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 February 19561 October 1958116382454032.76 [21]
Johnny Carey Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 1 October 195815 April 1961122512249041.80 [22]
Harry Catterick Flag of England.svg  England 22 April 19617 April 1973594276157161046.46 2 Division One championships,
1 FA Cup,
2 Charity Shields
[23]
Tom Eggleston *Flag of England.svg  England 12 April 197328 May 19736123016.67 [24] [25]
Billy Bingham Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 25 August 19738 January 1977172645553037.21 [26]
Steve Burtenshaw *Flag of England.svg  England 10 January 197730 January 19774022000.00 [24] [27]
Gordon Lee Flag of England.svg  England 1 February 19774 May 1981234927270039.32 [28]
Howard Kendall Flag of England.svg  England May 1981 [29] 11 May 19873381837877054.14 2 Division One championships,
1 FA Cup,
1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup,
3 Charity Shields
[30]
Colin Harvey Flag of England.svg  England 1 August 198730 October 1990170725246042.351 Charity Shield [31]
Jimmy Gabriel *Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 3 November 19903 November 19901100100.00 [24] [32]
Howard Kendall Flag of England.svg  England 10 November 19904 December 1993162634059038.89 [30]
Jimmy Gabriel *Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 8 December 19933 January 19947016000.00 [24] [32]
Mike Walker Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 8 January 19945 November 19943561118017.14 [33]
Joe Royle Flag of England.svg  England 21 November 199427 March 1997123483936039.02 1 FA Cup,
1 Charity Shield
[34] [35]
Dave Watson *Flag of England.svg  England 5 April 199711 May 19977133014.29 [36] [37]
Howard Kendall Flag of England.svg  England 27 June 199710 May 199842111318026.19 [30]
Walter Smith Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 15 August 199810 March 2002173565067032.37 [38]
David Moyes Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 16 March 200219 May 2013516217139160042.05 [39]
Roberto Martínez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 17 August 201312 May 2016140603941042.86
David Unsworth *Flag of England.svg  England 15 May 201615 May 20161100100.00
Ronald Koeman Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 14 June 201623 October 201758241420041.38
David Unsworth *Flag of England.svg  England 24 October 201730 November 20178215025.00
Sam Allardyce Flag of England.svg  England 30 November 201716 May 2018261079038.46
Marco Silva Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 31 May 20185 December 201960241224040.00
Duncan Ferguson *Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 5 December 201921 December 20194130025.00
Carlo Ancelotti Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 21 December 2019

1 June 2021

67311422046.27
Rafael Benítez Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 30 June 2021Present3210066.67

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