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MORE UPDATED: Who you’ve been backing to be Next Everton manager

by Aidan Elder | May 13, 2013
JUST WHELAN AND DEALING? - Dave Whelan says Roberto Martinez would prefer to go to a bigger club than Everton

JUST WHELAN AND DEALING? – Dave Whelan says Roberto Martinez would prefer to go to a bigger club than Everton

By Aidan Elder | Chief sports writer

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IN A NUTSHELL

  • MARTINEZ TIGHTENS UP AS WIGAN RELEGATION IS CONFIRMED
  • HEAVY SUPPORT SEES MARK HUGHES COME INTO THE EQUATION
  • PHIL NEVILLE DRIFTS ALARMINGLY AFTER EARLY SUPPORT

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After the whirlwind of the last few days, it’s time to start picking up the pieces. That process begins at Goodison Park where after 11 years of not having to advertise in the Premier League job club, Everton begin the search for a new manager.

While the suggestion is that both Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had identified David Moyes as their preferred candidate a while back, it looks like the Toffees weren’t so prepared. Already there has been a flurry of activity in the Next Everton Manager betting and here’s a run through of some of the leading contenders.
(Prices subject to change – Latest odds here)

Roberto Martinez – 15/8

Is narrowly keeping Wigan in the Premier League every season a massive achievement or is it just a sign that your chairman might actually fancy you a bit? Guiding Wigan to unlikely FA Cup glory has only strengthened his case, even though when you think about it, it’s only the cherry on top of an excellent achievement. Whatever side of that debate you land upon will dictate how you view the Spaniards suitably to be Everton manager. He may not keep you in the top flight, but at least you’ll play some pretty football doing it.

The case for:

  • Has kept Wigan in the league playing a stylish brand of football
  • Dave Whelan says he’s great

The case against:

  • Has had Wigan scrapping relegation for the last few seasons
  • Dave Whelan also liked Margaret Thatcher

Neil Lennon – 7/2

The Celtic manager started out as favourite for the job, but he has drifted in recent days presumably as people realised winning the SPL is a lot like being the smart one in Jedward. There’s undoubtedly some logic to his appointment, but there’s also undoubtedly some reasons to think it may not work so well. He’s won a couple of titles with the Bhoys. But then again, I’ve been told there’s a team in the SPL made up entirely of scarecrows and they finished just outside of the European places this season.

The case for:

  • Has won stuff
  • European experience

The case against:

  • Has won stuff (in Scotland)
  • High tendency to throw the toys out of the pram
Neil Lennon

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Gus Poyet – 9/2

You’d think getting knocked out of the playoffs with Brighton would have dented Poyet’s chances of landing the Everton job, but it’s actually sent him hurtling towards the top of the market after being a 25/1 mid-tabler at the start of the week. He’s clearly got some ability which is not something you can say about everyone involved in the Leeds coaching set-up in recent seasons.

The case for:

  • Shaping up to be a quality manager
  • Brighton experience not dissimilar to what will face him at Everton

The case against:

  • No top flight managerial experience
  • Is friends with Luis Suarez

Alan Stubbs – 9/1

Breaking out the life jacket because if you’re thinking of backing Stubbs, you’re probably drowning in a sea of nostalgia. Yes he has strong connections to the club, but that’s pretty much where his managerial credentials end. He has got involved with coaching at Everton, but he’s a long way from being a managerial contender.

The case for:

  • Club hero
  • May have learned some useful stuff from Moyesy

The case against:

  • Limited coaching experience and no managerial experience
  • May not have learned anything from Moyesy

Mark Hughes – 10/1

It’s hard to know where Hughes’s name ranks in the managerial Top of the Pops. I’m guessing somewhere in the middle, below the fashionable grooves of Chris Hughton, but above the hopeless flailing around of Iain Dowie. With Hughes, you’re getting an experienced manager who should solidify a team. You’re also getting someone who’ll jump ship quicker than you can say ‘lucrative contract elsewhere’ at the first sign of trouble.

The case for:

  • Has done reasonably well in a couple of jobs
  • Still has lovely hair

The case against:

  • Will jump ship the moment a sniff of something remotely better comes along
  • May not actually be that good

Malky Mackay – 16/1

No doubt benefitting from finally getting Cardiff into the Premier League, Mackay’s stock has never been higher. He was even on the Match of the Day sofa the other night, making the regular pundits look even more inane than they normally are. You’d have to question the motives and indeed self-confidence of any manager who jumps the ship of a newly promoted team for a team already in that league, but that point seems to be overlooked by anyone who has lumped on the Scottish manager.

The case for:

  • Up and coming type who might blossom at a bigger club
  • Scottish and therefore almost certainly excellent at management

The case against:

  • Flavour of the month factor
  • No top flight experience

Vitor Pereira – 16/1

To us, Portugal was once renowned as a hotbed of sunburn and smug old retirees playing gold, but these days it’s becoming known as a hotbed for young managerial talent. Everyone wants to get on board the ‘next Jose Mourinho’ bandwagon early doors and that’s what’s probably pushing the current Porto manager’s name into the frame.

The case for:

  • Young but experienced
  • Has won stuff and rebuilt a team after losing Falcao

The case against:

  • Probably not the next Jose Mourinho
  • Only has one serious competitor in Portugal

Phil Neville – 20/1

Blindly giving a club legend the manager’s job when he has minimal experience has never gone wrong ever. Providing you ignore the managerial careers of Niall Quinn, Alan Shearer and Gary McAllister. Then again, it worked for Pep Guardiola. Although Phil Neville probably isn’t Pep Guardiola.

The case for:

  • Club hero
  • Has worked under Sir Alex Ferguson

The case against:

  • No experience
  • Roy Keane, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Ray Wilkins are all managers who played under Sir Alex

Rafa Bentiez – 20/1

If you like to base your betting strategy on a manager’s property portfolio, the there’s plenty of reasons to think Benitez could be a surprise choice for the job. He still lives in the Merseyside region and it would be convenient. Plus he might be a good manager, no-one’s quite sure at the moment. He’ll be available come next Sunday evening and may even have a Europa League to add to his precious CV by then.

The case for:

  • Has been successful at times
  • Knows the English game very well

The case against:

  • Used to manager the Reds *spits agressively on floor*
  • Can’t get away from the fact he’s a 53 year old man with a goatee
JENNIFER ELLISON - She's not linked with the Everton job, but she's better to look at than David Weir and had similar credentials

JENNIFER ELLISON – She’s not linked with the Everton job, but she’s better to look at than David Weir and had similar credentials

David Weir – 20/1

There seems to be an appetite to hand the Everton hot seat to someone with a strong connection with the club and as Weir is about as connected as it’s possible to be, he has moved up the betting in recent days. The 43 year old has been coaching with the Toffees’ academy and reserves since retirement in 2012.

The case for:

  • Strong connection with the club
  • Some coaching experience and has worked at the club for a long time

The case against:

  • Jennifer Ellison also has a strong connection with the club and she’s not a contender
  • No managerial experience

Darren Ferguson – 20/1

If you’re looking for the next Fergie, then why not go to the source of all Fergie-ness – the Fergie bloodline. Darren has made a good fist of his managerial career so far, but his record is not without its blemishes. A couple of promotions have been undermined by some relegation issues, most notably earlier this month when he guided Peterborough to League One.

The case for:

  • Can ring his Dad and ask for advice at any time
  • Has had success at various points in his managerial career

The case against:

  • Middling record and no Premier League experience
  • Doesn’t have his Dad around to get favourable loan signings from Manchester United
FERG'ET IT - It would be a lot fun, but it's not going to happen

FERG’ET IT – It would be a lot fun, but it’s not going to happen

Duncan Ferguson – 25/1

Ferguson seems to be getting a mention purely because people can remember him been an amusing player to watch at Everton. His managerial credentials are in short supply, but so is his patience and self-restraint, which should make things entertaining if nothing else.

The case for:

  • Club hero
  • Will scare Fellaini and Baines into not leaving

The case against:

  • Little coaching experience, zero managerial experience
  • More volatile than a hormonal Justin Bieber

Michael Laudrup – 25/1

On the back of signing Michu and winning the whatever the Coca Cola Cup is called these days, Michael Laudrup is hot property. Is it down to his talent or is it merely continuing on the good work of Brendan Rodgers? And does swooping in to claim all the glory after someone else has done all the hard work really make you any less appealing? The fact Rafa Benitez still gets work would suggest ‘no’.

The case for:

  • Might just be a managerial genius
  • Everton are definitely a bigger team than Swansea. Aren’t they?

The case against:

  • Probably thinks he’s on to a good thing at Swansea
  • Even Alex McLeish won a League Cup
TOFFEES COULD GET ME OUT OF A STICKY SITUATION - Martin O'Neill wonders if he'll ever work again

TOFFEES COULD GET ME OUT OF A STICKY SITUATION – Martin O’Neill wonders if he’ll ever work again

Martin O’Neill – 33/1

At one time, O’Neill seemed to have the managerial world at his feet. These days all he has at his feet are a pair of comfortable slippers and a bumper book of Sudoku to fill in all the hours when he phone isn’t ringing. His reputation took at bit of a battering due to his attempts to make Sunderland a newer version of late-90s Leicester, but it’s still tempting to give him one more shot.

The case for:

  • Track record of getting teams punching above their weight
  • Likeable kind of guy

The case against:

  • Been a while since he’s had a resounding success, so might be losing his touch
  • Jumps around a lot

Roberto Di Matteo – 50/1

For all the kudos he gets for it, RDM may as well have won the Champions League on the Playstation. Only 12 months ago he was holding old big ears aloft in Munich, now he’s an outsider to get the Everton job. He gets virtually no credit for the achievement of getting Chelsea all the way to European Cup glory and that’s very harsh. Come on guys – someone needed to fill out those team-sheets.

The case for:

  • Has shown flashes of managerial ability in the past
  • Has won a European Cup. And can fill out a team-sheet

The case against:

  • How much did he actually contribute to the Champions League victory?
  • Tony Hibbert may lose his status as obligatory Everton heart-throb

Steve McClaren – 66/1

When you put aside his stupid accents and general smugness, Schteve actually has a lot going for him. He’s got experience, he’s had success in environments not dissimilar to the one he’ll get at Everton and he knows the league inside out. Plus he might do a comedy Scouse accent to ingratiate himself with the locals and that alone would be worth giving him the job.

The case for:

  • May actually be a good manager
  • Experienced in British and European football

The case against:

  • Always comes across like a bit of a nob
  • Hasn’t been a success everywhere he’s gone

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