Money has been coming in for Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup, ex-Sunderland gaffer Martin O’Neill and Phil Neville to replace Manchester United-bound David Moyes as manager of Everton, but Wigan Athletic’s Roberto Martinez remains the favourite.
When the market – which you can see by clicking here – was launched yesterday, Laudrup was pencilled in as a 33/1 chance to fill the imminent Goodison Park vacancy this summer.
However, the Dane, who has enjoyed a fine first season with the Swans, guiding them to Premier League safety and their first ever major silverware with victory in the Capital One Cup, has been cut to 20/1 after rumours emerged that he is on Everton’s shortlist to replace Moyes.
In other words, punters backing Laudrup to be the new Toffees manager with their free £20 bet after registering with bwin would pocket winnings of £420 if he does decide to switch South Wales for Merseyside this summer.
Another big early mover in the market is Everton captain Neville, who has previously stated that he intends to play on for another season despite his contract expiring at the end of the current campaign.
Nevertheless, the 36-year-old has made no secret of his desire to go into coaching and he has been backed in from 25/1 to 11/1 to be handed his first managerial job by his present employers.
Meanwhile, O’Neill, who was unceremoniously dismissed by Sunderland in March with the Black Cats flirting dangerously with relegation, has seen his odds slashed from 20/1 to 12/1.
However, Martinez is unmoved as the strong 3/4 favourite, with Brighton and Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet, Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay and Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next in line at 9/1.