Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says it is vitally important the club get a manager who is "equally significant" to the departing David Moyes.
The end of the Scot's 11-year tenure at Goodison Park was confirmed when he was announced as Manchester United manager as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Moyes, whose contract expires in six weeks, will remain in place for Everton's final two matches of the season before he officially takes over at Old Trafford on July 1.
Kenwright's job now is to find the right man to not only maintain his manager's good work but also take the club forward.
The Toffees chairman stressed there would be no instant decision - unlike when he recruited Moyes from Preston in 2002 - and they would be scouring far and wide for the best candidate.
"He's a great manager and Manchester United are very lucky," said Kenwright.
"We've had a good 11-year adventure with David and it is my job and the club's job to g...