Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez remains the 5/2 favourite to replace the Manchester United-bound David Moyes at Everton, but former players Alan Stubbs and Phil Neville are now right behind in the betting, alongside Celtic’s Neil Lennon and Malky Mackay of Cardiff City.
The Toffees have known they needed a new manager ever since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement forced United to look towards Moyes, who was due to be out of contract at the end of the season.
The Scot duly took charge of Everton’s last two fixtures of the season, but with his attention turning to Old Trafford, Blues chairman Bill Kenwright is still looking to replace the man who spent 11 years at Goodison Park, securing eight top-eight finishes.
And Wigan boss Martinez, who opened up as the 3/4 odds-on favourite, is still the man most likely according to bwin, who make the Spaniard the 5/2 favourite to take over from Moyes.
The Latics boss might have overseen relegation to the Championship this season, but his stock has risen after his side beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup ten days ago and Athletic owner Dave Whelan has said he will not stand in Martinez’s way should he wish to leave.
But over the last few days, some Everton fan favourites have come into the running. Alan Stubbs, a boyhood fan who played for the club with distinction for many years and who has been part of the backroom staff over recent seasons, is now 5/1 joint-second favourite, alongside Celtic boss Lennon, who won the SPL and reached the Champions League knock-out stages this season.
Retiring club captain Phil Neville, a fixture in the Everton team for eight years, is 7/1 to take his first steps into management, the same price as Mackay, who won the Championship title with Cardiff City this season and has seen his odds tumble from 20/1 in the past few days.
At double-price figures Gus Poyet, currently suspended from Brighton and Hove Albion amid rumours of his departure, is 14/1, the same price as Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has two Norwegian titles on his managerial CV.
Former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann is a surprise mover in the market at 16/1, with Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman next in the betting at 33/1.
It is 50/1 or over for other names, who include former players Stuart McCall, now in charge of Motherwell, Lokomotiv Moscow’s Slaven Bilic and club legend Duncan Ferguson.