Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is the odds-on favourite to replace David Moyes at Everton if, as expected, the Scot replaces Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, with Brighton and Hove Albion’s Gus Poyet, Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay, West Bromwich Albion’s Steve Clarke and Celtic’s Neil Lennon also among the early frontrunners for the Goodison Park post.
Following Ferguson’s shock retirement after 26 years this week and Moyes’ likely appointment at Old Trafford, attention turns to the potential vacancy at Everton and bwin make Martinez the 3/4 favourite to succeed the Scotsman, who has held the managerial position on the blue half of Merseyside for 11 years.
Martinez, who won the League One title with Swansea City before moving to the DW Stadium in the summer of 2009, has enjoyed a mixed season with the Latics, reaching Saturday’s FA Cup final but currently sitting in the Premier League relegation zone three points from safety with just two games remaining.
Nonetheless, the Spaniard has a big reputation for playing attractive football and was interviewed for the Liverpool job last summer.
Poyet is second favourite at 9/1 and the Uruguayan is another manager that has a burgeoning reputation for playing attacking, passing football.
The former Chelsea star steered the Seagulls to the League One title in his first full year in charge and this term has taken his team into the Championship play-offs, where they face Crystal Palace in the semi-final.
Mackay is also 9/1 after guiding Cardiff into the top flight for the first time since 1962. The former Watford boss was a losing finalist in last season’s League Cup and defeated semi-finalist in last year’s play-offs, but went one better this year by winning the Championship title at a canter.
Former Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also 9/1 after a successful spell in charge at Norwegian club Molde, where he won two league titles, while Clarke, who has done such an impressive job at West Bromwich Albion in his first season as a manager, is 10/1 to take up the Goodison hotseat.
Moyes’ assistant at Everton, Steve Round, is a 12/1 chance to be promoted to the number one position, while Neil Lennon is an interesting runner at 14/1.
The Celtic boss did a great job in getting the club to the last 16 of this season’s Champions League and has two SPL titles and a Scottish Cup to his name.
Lennon’s Old Firm foe Ally McCoist is 20/1 to leave Rangers for Everton, while former England boss Steve McClaren is 16/1. The ex-Middlesbrough boss has been out of work since leaving Twente.
Martin O’Neill and Roberto Di Matteo, also both unemployed after being sacked by Sunderland and Chelsea respectively this season, are 20/1 shots, while current Everton player Phil Neville is 25/1 to go from captain to manager.
Mark Hughes, Paul Lambert and Michael Laudrup are all 33/1, while some of the more interesting figures at bigger odds include former players Alan Stubbs and Slaven Bilic at 40/1, while ‘Big’ Duncan Ferguson is a 50/1 chance to take the reins at the club where he is still regarded as a hero.