Everton are assessing candidates to become their next manager, following the club’s decision to sack Rafael Benitez last weekend.
Benitez was an unpopular appointment last summer and leaves after just six months in charge, with the Toffees six points above the Premier League’s relegation places following a run of one win in 13 games.
The failed gamble on Benitez means owner Farhad Moshiri is now looking for his seventh permanent manager in just six years, as the Merseyside club continue to stumble from one succession plan to another.
So for those of you who like to follow the latest odds on betway soccer, we’ve decided to look at the bookies early frontrunners for the vacant position.
Here are the five favourites to become Everton’s next permanent manager.
Roberto Martinez – 10/1
Roberto Martinez emerged as an early candidate for the role this week, in what would represent a remarkable return for the Spaniard who was sacked at Goodison Park in 2016.
Martinez spent three seasons with Everton and guided the club to a fifth-place finish during his first season in charge, their 72 points the Toffees’ highest total since last winning the league title in 1986/87.
However, their performances dropped over the next two campaigns with successive bottom-half finishes and Martinez was sacked just months after Moshiri’s arrival at the club.
The 48-year-old has been with the Belgium national side since his Everton exit, but is believed to be open to a return to club football and the Premier League.
Belgium are understood to have rejected an approach from Everton, however, with the nation keen to avoid complications ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The prospect of Martinez combining both roles until after the tournament in November has so far been dismissed.
Jose Mourinho – 8/1
Jose Mourinho’s name has been circled as Everton bid to attract an elite manager, with the Portuguese coach having a wealth of experience in the Premier League.
Mourinho won three league titles across two spells with Chelsea before stints in charge of both Manchester United and Tottenham, whilst he is a two-time Champions League winner after major successes in Europe.
The 58-year-old has seen his fortunes decline in recent years, however, with Mourinho currently in his first season in charge of Roma.
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The Serie A side are seventh – the same position the club finished in last season – and their domestic form has been mixed, whilst a 6-1 thrashing at Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League was a low point in Mourinho’s career.
He appears unlikely to leave Rome in the infancy of his project with the capital club.
Frank Lampard – 5/1
Frank Lampard would represent a straightforward appointment for Everton, with the former England midfielder having been without a club since leaving Chelsea in January 2021.
Lampard’s coaching career saw him take a huge leap into the Chelsea dugout after just a single season of second-tier experience at Derby, with his first season proving positive as he guided the west Londoners to the FA Cup final and Champions League qualification.
His navigating of a transfer ban and integrating of academy prospects including Mason Mount and Reece James earned him admirers, but a poor start to his second season saw the 43-year-old dismissed.
Lampard’s positive brand of football would represent a refreshing change to the stifling system Benitez often utilised at Everton, whilst his appointment would offer hope to the emerging players in the club’s system.
His credentials remain somewhat difficult to assess given the diversity of his two previous roles, but he will continue to be linked with Premier League vacancies until the next side offers him a position.
Wayne Rooney – 3/1
Wayne Rooney is the 3/1 second-favourite to become Everton’s next manager with leading bookmakers like Betway, in what would represent a romantic return for the former favourite.
Rooney came through the ranks at Everton and burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old, establishing himself as the Premier League’s most exciting talent before moving on to Manchester United.
He returned as a five-time title winner for a single season spell and has since moved into management after finishing his playing career with Derby County, who he now manages in the Championship.
Despite Derby having a 21 point deduction, injury problems and a transfer embargo, they have moved off the bottom of the Championship table and are just 9 points from safety.
What an unbelievable job Wayne Rooney is doing 👏 pic.twitter.com/y9dlc7JVSR
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Rooney has won admirers for his work at the Rams this season, guiding the club off the bottom of the Championship and within a realistic chance of survival despite a 21-point deduction for entering administration and historical financial breaches.
The 36-year-old has galvanised Derby in incredibly testing circumstances this season and whilst he would be reluctant to walk away with a great escape possible, the lure of his boyhood side and a Premier League role could be too difficult to turn down.
Duncan Ferguson – 7/4
Duncan Ferguson will take caretaker charge of Everton this weekend and is the bookmakers’ favourite to take the position on a permanent basis.
Ferguson previously had a short spell as caretaker manager during the 2019/20 season, overseeing three Premier League games and earning a credible five points from fixtures with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Duncan Ferguson knows exactly what every football fan wants to see from their team 👏pic.twitter.com/xlDo9hrxlp
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 20, 2022
The Scot has several seasons of experience on the coaching staff at Goodison Park and the Everton fans have fond memories of his previous spell in charge, with the 3-1 win over Chelsea coming amid a raucous home atmosphere.
The 50-year-old could state his case for the permanent role during the club’s upcoming run of fixtures and Ferguson is a coach who will both command respect from the dressing room and be given patience by an adoring Everton fanbase.