The following is a list of Everton F.C. managers from the founding of Everton F.C. in 1878 until the present.
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.
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.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. 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.Sam Allardyce was named as Koeman's permanent replacement in November 2017. He was replaced at the end of 2017–18 by Marco Silva after finishing in 8th Silva was sacked in December 2019 following a 5–2 defeat to Liverpool, with Duncan Ferguson taking over as interim manager until the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti on 21 December 2019. Ancelotti would depart the club at the end of the 2020–21 season, returning to coach Real Madrid. On 30 June 2021, Rafael Benitez was named as Ancelotti's successor.
|William Edward Barclay||Ireland||August 1888||May 1889||22||9||2||11||40.91|
|Dick Molyneux||England||August 1889||May 1901||386||194||64||128||50.26||1 Division One title|
|Will Cuff||England||August 1901||May 1918||577||275||110||192||47.66|| 1 Division One title, |
1 FA Cup
|W.J. Sawyer||England||August 1918||May 1919||0||0||0||0||—|
|Thomas H. McIntosh||England||August 1919||May 1935||719||286||179||254||39.78|| 2 Division One championships, |
1 Division Two championship,
1 FA Cup,
2 Charity Shields
|Committees||May 1935||June 1939||180||76||36||68||42.22||1 Division One championship|
|Theo Kelly||England||June 1939||1 September 1948||100||38||19||43||38.00|
|Cliff Britton||England||1 September 1948||1 February 1956||344||125||92||127||36.34|
|Ian Buchan||Scotland||1 February 1956||1 October 1958||116||38||24||54||32.76|
|Johnny Carey||Ireland||1 October 1958||15 April 1961||122||51||22||49||41.80|
|Harry Catterick||England||22 April 1961||7 April 1973||594||276||157||161||46.46|| 2 Division One championships, |
1 FA Cup,
2 Charity Shields
|Tom Eggleston *||England||12 April 1973||28 May 1973||6||1||2||3||16.67|
|Billy Bingham||Northern Ireland||25 August 1973||8 January 1977||172||64||55||53||37.21|
|Steve Burtenshaw *||England||10 January 1977||30 January 1977||4||0||2||2||0.00|
|Gordon Lee||England||1 February 1977||4 May 1981||234||92||72||70||39.32|
|Howard Kendall||England||May 1981||11 May 1987||338||183||78||77||54.14|| 2 Division One championships, |
1 FA Cup,
1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup,
3 Charity Shields
|Colin Harvey||England||1 August 1987||30 October 1990||170||72||52||46||42.35||1 Charity Shield|
|Jimmy Gabriel *||Scotland||3 November 1990||3 November 1990||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Howard Kendall||England||10 November 1990||4 December 1993||162||63||40||59||38.89|
|Jimmy Gabriel *||Scotland||8 December 1993||3 January 1994||7||0||1||6||0.00|
|Mike Walker||Wales||8 January 1994||5 November 1994||35||6||11||18||17.14|
|Joe Royle||England||21 November 1994||27 March 1997||123||48||39||36||39.02|| 1 FA Cup, |
1 Charity Shield
|Dave Watson *||England||5 April 1997||11 May 1997||7||1||3||3||14.29|
|Howard Kendall||England||27 June 1997||10 May 1998||42||11||13||18||26.19|
|Walter Smith||Scotland||15 August 1998||10 March 2002||173||56||50||67||32.37|
|David Moyes||Scotland||16 March 2002||19 May 2013||516||217||139||160||42.05|
|Roberto Martínez||Spain||17 August 2013||12 May 2016||140||60||39||41||42.86|
|David Unsworth *||England||15 May 2016||15 May 2016||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Ronald Koeman||Netherlands||14 June 2016||23 October 2017||58||24||14||20||41.38|
|David Unsworth *||England||24 October 2017||30 November 2017||8||2||1||5||25.00|
|Sam Allardyce||England||30 November 2017||16 May 2018||26||10||7||9||38.46|
|Marco Silva||Portugal||31 May 2018||5 December 2019||60||24||12||24||40.00|
|Duncan Ferguson *||Scotland||5 December 2019||21 December 2019||4||1||3||0||25.00|
|Carlo Ancelotti||Italy||21 December 2019|
1 June 2021
|Rafael Benítez||Spain||30 June 2021||Present||3||2||1||0||66.67|
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