Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher thinks Everton should be doing everything they can to lure Sean Dyche away from Burnley as their search for Ronald Koeman's permanent successor enters its fifth week.
Dyche was immediately linked to the vacant managerial post at Goodison Park when news of Koeman's dismissal broke but the former Watford boss has seemingly fallen by the wayside in recent weeks, with current Hornets manager Marco Silva firmly on Farhad Moshiri's radar.
Everton's majority shareholder has made the Portuguese coach his first choice after flirting with the idea of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. But Carragher, who grew up supporting the Toffees before switching allegiances and enjoying a successful career at Anfield, thinks Moshiri and co should be "bursting Dyche's door down" due to his remarkable body of work at Turf Moor.
"The results Sean Dyche has had since he went to Burnley, I don't think any manager in world football – and I am being deadly serious – could get them any higher," Carragher said on Sky Sports, quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"You think of the size of the club, the money he's spent, the players he's got. They are actually part of a top seven at the moment. I don't think they'll be seventh at the end of the season, but the job he's done has been unbelievable.
"I'm not sitting here criticising Sean Dyche for his style of play. I have no problem with it, and I love the way people play different ways in the Premier League.
"But there's no doubt that top teams are put off if a manager gets a tag, rightly or wrongly, for playing direct football.
"Everton should be bursting his door down with the results he's getting, but they're not."
Dyche's reputation has been enhanced tenfold this season with Burnley, who are just one point outside the top four with 22 points from their opening 12 league matches, but he does not seem to be glamorous enough for Moshiri, who wants a stellar name at the helm on Merseyside.
The former Arsenal shareholder ambitiously eyed Atletico boss Simeone, who batted away any possibility of leaving the Wanda Metropolitano last week, but his perhaps fanciful desires incurred the wrath of controversial talking head Joey Barton, who did not need a second invitation to blast the 'nonsensical' idea of the Argentine taking over at Goodison Park.
"Diego Simeone? As if he's going to join Everton! They're not even in the Champions League, what is he going to leave Atletico Madrid for?" Barton said on talkSPORT.
"It was embarrassing for the football club and embarrassing for the fans. Liverpool have got enough to laugh at without that load of nonsense coming out of the club."