We’re not far off a month since it was confirmed David Moyes would be slipping into the ass-groove vacated by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Everton promised that there would be no knee-jerk reaction and they’ve delivered. Spectacularly and boringly delivered.
The backlash from fans about the changing of the famous Everton crest for a version that looks like it’s been done by a four year old in Microsoft Paint has distracted fans from not a whole lot has been happening, but the news that Roberto Martinez will leave Wigan and has been approached by the Toffees has suddenly catapulted us towards a resolution. Here’s how the betting on the major contenders to be Next Everton Manager has gone over the last three weeks or so. (Current prices listed below are subject to change)
The Spaniard was always considered a front runner for the position even before Wigan’s FA Cup win and even after he finally succeeded in getting them relegated. Thankfully for him, people are rating beating Manchester City in a one-off game as a better achievement than not being better than Aston Villa over the course of a 38 game league campaign, so it looks like Martinez getting the job is only a matter of signing the contract and finding out there’s not much in the club piggy bank.
ODDS – May 8: 5/6 | May 15: 2/1 | May 22: 7/2 | Currently: 1/4
The Celtic manager has been towards the top of the betting throughout the last few weeks, despite saying he didn’t want to leave Celtic and then repeating it a couple more times. He completed a league and cup double on Sunday, but it looks like he’ll be staying on in Glasgow for a couple of gimme SPL titles yet.
ODDS – May 8: 12/1 | May 15: 5/2 | May 22: 11/2 | Currently: 11/1
Talk of Everton establishing a new version of the ‘boot-room’ thing that Liverpool are bizarrely proud of fuelled the belief Stubbs could be a surprise appointment. It’s an interesting idea. Yes the Liverpool boot room produced Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish, but it also kind of produced Roy Evans and (kind of) Graeme Souness.
ODDS – May 8: 20/1 | May 15: 6/1 | May 22: 8/1 | Currently: 16/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Norwegian was one of the big movers over the course of the last week, not hindered by the secret express tunnel that seems to link Old Trafford and Goodison Park these days. His couple of Norwegian league titles with Molde make him in interesting, but far from proven prospect.
ODDS – May 8: 20/1 | May 15: 25/1 | May 22: 14/1 | Currently: 18/1
Since David Moyes stepped down, Perreira landed a Portuguese league title by going undefeated for the season. He was always in the frame (albeit slightly to the side of that frame), but his odds tumbled a week ago for reasons that weren’t entirely clear.
ODDS – May 8: 14/1 | May 15: 33/1 | May 22: 9/4 | Currently: 18/1
Laudrup’s appeal meant he regularly got a mention as a dark horse for the Everton job, but the odds never really suggested a move in on the cards. He’s now rated more likely to get the job than when he was 40/1 a couple of weeks back, but he’ll probably sit tight at Swansea for another season.
ODDS – May 8: 14/1 | May 15: 40/1 | May 22: 20/1 | Currently: 25/1
Although the idea of Mackay abandoning newly promoted Cardiff always felt a tad ridiculous, the Scottish manager was considered a front-runner for the job throughout. He’s less of a front runner now possibly due to the fact he’s got to work on keeping the Bluebirds in the Premier League.
ODDS – May 8: 10/1 | May 15: 7/1 | May 22: 10/1 | Currently: 33/1
Similar to Stubbs, his credentials were based on the ‘boot room’ philosophy. He was the subject of sustained support last week, but has drifted since as people realised having a manager who had strong links with the clubs was nice, but having one who actually had a proven track record of success was better.
ODDS – May 8: 25/1 | May 15: 33/1 | May 22: 10/1 | Currently: 33/1
‘Arry’s brand of wheeler-delaer-ing would be well suited to the tight budget contrasts of Everton’ as no doubt a thought that saw money for the QPR manager early on. Since then, people have thought better of it, realising the one season of semi-success that Harry tends to provide probably isn’t worth the inevitable relegation.
ODDS – May 8: 14/1 | May 15: 50/1 | May 22: 33/1 | Currently: 33/1
As ever, Martin O’Neill’s name featured towards the top of the betting early on, but then people realised ‘hang on, it’s not 2005 anymore’ and he drifted like an Italian cruise ship with no functioning engines. When Paolo Di Canio is showing you up, you know you’re in trouble. Or not as into the fascism as he is.
ODDS – May 8: 12/1 | May 15: 40/1 | May 22: 66/1 | Currently: 33/1