Vitor Pereira’s odds of replacing Manchester United-bound David Moyes as manager of Everton have tumbled dramatically in the past 24 hours.
The Portuguese has attracted admiring glances from across Europe after guiding Porto to back-to-back titles, the latest of which was achieved on Sunday, when his charges completed an unbeaten top-flight campaign.
Pereira, whose contract expires on June 30th, has remained tight-lipped about his intentions for next season and was initially pegged as an 18/1 outsider in bwin’s next Everton manager market.
However, that price has since come in sharply to 5/1, making the 44-year-old the new joint-second favourite alongside Celtic boss Neil Lennon and current Toffees coach Alan Stubbs.
Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez continues to lead the betting, but after being as short as 3/4 following confirmation of Moyes’ departure and 5/2 yesterday, the Spaniard is now out to 3/1.
Meanwhile, Everton skipper Phil Neville has reportedly told chairman Bill Kenwright that he is interested in the Goodison Park vacancy.
The 36-year-old is thought to be keen to continue playing for one more season and also has interest from both the BBC and new players BT Sport for potential media work.
But at the same time, it would appear that being offered the chance to cut his managerial teeth on Merseyside would be too good to turn down.
“It would be a really good job to get,” said Neville, who is currently working towards achieving his UEFA Pro License.
“I know there are players who have gone into jobs and failed but I just think I have prepared.
“I’ve not reached the end of my career and thought: ‘I know, I’ll be a manager.’ I have had a lot of experience, studying coaching practices. I’ve got files on every training session from the last three seasons.”
Neville is priced up at 11/1 to succeed Moyes, meaning new bwin customers who back him to get the job with their free £20 bet would pocket winnings of £240 if the former Manchester United defender is indeed appointed.
Other leading contenders in the market include Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay (6/1), Brighton manager Gus Poyet (14/1) and Molde gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (14/1).
The likes of Bolton boss Dougie Freedman (33/1), sacked Stoke City manager Tony Pulis (50/1) and legendary Toffees striker Duncan Ferguson (50/1) are among a host of intriguing long shots.