Next Everton Manager Odds: Frank Lampard Flies Into Favourite
The only time Rafael Benitez’s name was sung at Goodison Park this season was when Liverpool thrashed their neighbours 4-1 in December. The Spaniard was an unpopular appointment at Everton right from the very start, and recent results only infuriated the fans even more.
The embarrassing defeat away to fellow strugglers Norwich on January 15 was the final straw for the Everton board, and Benitez was relieved of his duties the next day. Duncan Ferguson has since taken charge in a caretaker role, but with the permanent manager’s post still vacant, we are going to look at the latest odds with the best betting sites for what is one of the biggest jobs in Premier League football.
The departure of Marcel Brands, formerly the director of football, last month seemed to suggest that Benitez had won another internal power play. But managers are ultimately judged on how the team performs on the pitch, and Everton’s owners were forced to act decisively as The Toffees dropped below Leeds United and are now staring the relegation zone right in the face.
A run of one win in their last 14 league outings has left Everton languishing in 16th place, and although Benitez was hamstrung by an injury crisis, there were very few positives to take during his reign after what was a reasonably bright start to the season. But, going down in the manner that they did at Carrow Road was only ever going to lead to one thing, and that was the sack for the former Liverpool boss.
Everton Next Permanent Manager Odds
|Vitor Pereira||7/2||William Hill|
|Wayne Rooney||16/1||William Hill|
|Duncan Ferguson||16/1||William Hill|
|Niko Kovac||20/1||William Hill|
|Fabio Cannavaro||25/1||William Hill|
|Roberto Martinez||33/1||William Hill|
|Jose Mourinho||33/1||Paddy Power|
|Graham Potter||40/1||William Hill|
Could Frank Lampard Be In Everton Blue
At a current price of 8/15 with Betfair Frank Lampard, who has now been out of work for over a year, is now the overwhelming favourite to take the Everton hotseat.
The ex-Chelsea boss seems keen to get back in, but it is still hard to decipher just how good a manager he really is. He has reportedly stood out two interviews with the hierarchy at The Toffees and fans have been writing his name on the walls of Goodison Park.
After leaving Chelsea in January 2021, it now looks to be a matter of time before Lampard is back in a familiar colour again.
On the subject of experience, you don't get much more of it when it comes to the Premier League than what Jose Mourinho possesses. The Portuguese manager has won the competition three times with Chelsea, and he has also been in charge of Manchester United and Tottenham during his illustrious career.
It was reported that he was 'under consideration' for the Everton gig, but he is apparently happy at Roma for the time being.
Vitor Pereira Comes From Nowhere To Challenge For Everton Job
It’s fair to say Vitor Pereira has been around the block a few times in his managerial career. He has had stints in China, Germany, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Turkey during his 19 years as a coach. But, he enjoyed his most successful time in the hotseat at home with Porto.
Pereira left Santa Clara in the summer of 2010 to become assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas at the Portuguese giants and following his manager’s departure to Chelsea in June of 2011, he was promoted to the top job at the club.
Pereira went on to claim the Primeira Liga twice during his time there, and it also led to Everton first considering him for their manager’s post in 2013 to replace the outgoing David Moyes. However, the board decided to go with Roberto Martinez that time and he was apparently in running again in 2019 after the Merseyside club showed Marco Silva the door, but Pereira chose to stay loyal to Shanghai SIPG after being offered a new bumper contract by the club.
Will it be a case of third time lucky for Pereira? He is now available after leaving Fenerbahce in December and the timing could just be right for the struggling Toffees to pounce. After Everton lost to Aston Villa at home, Pereira jumped into a huge 1/3 favourite on football betting sites over that weekend to take over at Goodison Park. He was big price of 40/1 when this book opened after the sacking of Benitez, but has now slipped back out to 7/2 chance.
Wayne Rooney And Graham Potter Might Prefer To Stay PutDespite all the turmoil he has gone through in his first managerial post, Wayne Rooney (16/1) still seems unlikely to jump ship at the present time. He has done a fantastic job at Derby County and The Rams would easily be in the top half of the Championship table, were it not for their 21-point deduction.
Rooney would no doubt be interested in taking charge of his boyhood club at some stage, maybe even in the summer. But for now, he might be better off fully focusing on building up his reputation even more in his post at the East Midlands club.
Meanwhile, with all due respect to Brighton & Hove Albion, Graham Potter is surely destined to take charge of one of England’s biggest clubs. Everton still fit that description even with their recent toils, and Potter would no doubt consider any approach from the powers that be at Goodison.
A best price of 40/1 with William Hill feels very generous, even though he is much shorter with other UK bookmakers.
Potter may also have reservations about Everton’s structure behind the scenes, but there is no doubt he is the type of manager fans of The Toffees would welcome with open arms.
Duncan Ferguson Would Be A Popular But Risky Choice
Many Evertonians struggled to get behind Benitez, but that would not be the case if Duncan Ferguson assumed control and he is currently available at 16/1 for the post.
The Everton legend did a creditable job as caretaker boss prior to Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival and was yet again appointed to that role on January 18 by Everton as their search for a permeant manager continues.
The Scot’s demonstrable love for the club would at least bring the team and the fans together again. But, it would be a risk to appoint someone with no frontline managerial experience, notwithstanding that brief interim stint in 2019 and his current one. Although, Ferguson could stay charge until the end of the campaign before a proper successor to Benitez is found.
Perhaps the only way the former striker could land the job full-time would be to impress in this caretaker period, but it is still hard to see the board entrusting him with the position at this stage - especially after he fell to defeat to Aston Villa in his first game in temporary charge.
Roberto Martinez Remains In The Running To Be Next Everton Boss
Most betting sites still have Roberto Martinez on the shortlist to take over at Everton. It would mean a second spell in charge at Goodison for the current Belgium boss, as he was in the hotseat there from June 2013 to May 2016.
Martinez took Everton to fifth place in the Premier League in his first campaign at the helm, but things turned sour after that and he was ultimately shown the door after a poor 12th place showing in his final season.
As manager of Belgium Martinez has enjoyed the luxury of selecting from a golden age of talent for the country. However, all he has been able to muster so far has been a third place finish at the 2018 World Cup. However, after being heavily backed to take over initially, things aren’t looking good for Everton’s recruitment chances of the 48-year-old.
That's because the Royal Belgian Football Association rejected Everton’s approach to speak with him.
With Belgium right up there in the 2022 World Cup betting markets, it does seem a little implausible that Martinez would leave The Red Devils with just 11 months to go to the tournament beginning.Elsewhere on the international scene, World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has also come out of the woodwork to be a contender recently and is available at odds of 25/1 to take the job permanently. While other shouts include Niko Kovac (20/1), Rudi Garcia (20/1) and former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who is at 40/1 with Betfair.
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