Galvanise fans, spark DCL and boost strikeforce – tasks facing next Everton boss

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Everton are searching for their eighth permanent manager in seven years.

Whomever is appointed has a tough task ahead of them to drag a woefully out-of-form team out of the Premier League bottom three with the club facing a second-successive relegation battle.

Here, the PA news agency looks at what the new boss will have to address in a very short space of time.

Stop losing games

Everton players look dejected
Everton have lost nine of the last 12 in the Premier League (Peter Byrne/PA)

Increase the goal output

Only Wolves have a worse return in front of goal than Everton’s 15 in 20 matches. They have scored more than once only twice this season and Demarai Gray is the leading scorer with five in all competitions. He and Anthony Gordon have three apiece in the league.

Kick-start Calvert-Lewin

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has struggled for fitness and form (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Sign a striker

Everton striker Neal Maupay is tackled by West Ham's Pablo Fornals
Everton striker Neal Maupay has scored just once this season (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Tighten up at the back

Everton’s James Tarkowski and Conor Coady
Summer defensive signings James Tarkowski and Conor Coady have started to struggle (Martin Rickett/PA)

Galvanise the team and fanbase

Everton fans hold up a protest banner
Discord off the pitch is starting to filter down to the players (Peter Byrne/PA)

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