The domino-effect of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement looks like it could be felt all the way down the Premier League.
David Moyes’ seemingly imminent appointment as Fergie’s successor means Everton will be on the hunt for a new man to take residence in the Goodison hotseat.
Leading that market at the moment is Wigan manager Roberto Martinez who is 8/11 favourite with Coral and SkyBet. The timing of speculation could not be worse for the Latics as they face up to Chelsea in the FA Cup final and battle to remain in the Premier League with just 2 games remaining. It’s a distraction they could do without and if Martinez is to be the man for Everton don’t expect an appointment until after the season finishes.
Next in the betting is Celtic boss Neil Lennon, who’s exploits in Europe may have gone without recognition in the recent annual Manager of the Year awards but have clearly caught the attention of some of the top clubs. He’s 10/1 at Coral and SkyBet.
A somewhat disasterous spell in charge at Sunderland has seen Martin O’Neill’s stock fall quite a bit. Prior to taking the reins at the Stadium of Light he was being touted as a successor to Fergie, now he’s as big as 16/1 (SkyBet) to replace Moyes. There’s be no compensation to pay for O’Neill and at relatively cash-strapped club he could be a decent outside bet.
Phil Neville may have announced his intention to leave Merseyside in the Summer but bookies rate him as good a chance to become Everton boss as O’Neill. For me this one looks too risky an appointment and I think the 16/1 available at Coral is too skinny.
Outside of those heading the market other runners and riders include Vitor Pereira (16/1 SkyBet), Gus Poyet (20/1 SkyBet), Malky Mackay (20/1 SkyBet), Michael Laudrup (20/1 Coral), David Weir (25/1 SkyBet), Duncan Ferguson (25/1 SkyBet), Gianfranco Zola (25/1 Coral), Guus Hiddink (25/1 Coral) and Steve Round (25/1 SkyBet).
Who do you think will be next Everton Manager?