The likes of Celtic’s Neil Lennon, Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay and Brighton and Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet have all seen their odds of replacing Manchester United-bound David Moyes tumble, although Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez continues to head the next Everton manager betting.
When the market was opened in the wake of news emerging that Moyes will replace Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1st, Martinez was immediately installed as strong 3/4 favourite to make the switch to Goodison Park.
The Spaniard’s stock rose further still as he guided Wigan to a remarkable FA Cup final triumph over Manchester City on Saturday, but he is also now staring down the barrel of relegation ahead of the Latics’ trip to Arsenal tonight.
Whether Martinez would feel obliged to stay at the DW Stadium and oversee a quick return to the Premier League is unclear, but his odds of taking the reins at Everton in the summer have drifted out to 5/2.
And while the Toffees have been tight-lipped about their specific plans for life after Moyes, only stating that they will take their time finding his successor, a host of potential candidates have seen their odds slashed in the past few days.
Lennon, who has impressed during his time at Celtic – not least in getting the Bhoys to the last 16 of this year’s Champions League – is now as short as 5/1, having been 14/1 when the market opened.
Cardiff boss Mackay has long been rumoured to have his admirers at Goodison Park after guiding the Bluebirds to the Championship title and the Scot is now alongside Lennon as 5/1 second favourite, in from 9/1, to land the job.
Poyet’s reputation took a minor dent last night as his Brighton side were beaten 2-0 by bitter rivals Crystal Palace in their Championship play-off semi-final second leg at the Amex Stadium.
But the Uruguayan has made no secret of his desire to manage in the top flight and with his plans unclear after failing to guide the Seagulls to promotion, his odds have been slashed from 9/1 to 6/1.
Interestingly, the main mover in the market since last week is one of Moyes’ former players, Alan Stubbs, who has seen his price cut from 40/1 all the way down to 5/1 in the past few days.
The likes of current Everton skipper Phil Neville (12/1), Porto boss Vitor Pereira (18/1) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaeir (25/1) are also thought to be in the running to secure the vacant post.