The downfall of Ronald Koeman (at least at Everton) was confirmed yesterday with the Dutchman’s dismissal after a dismal start to the season and a humiliating 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. Now with the club facing a battle in the league, a huge outlay over the summer on new players and a club lacking direction on the pitch, the job of finding a new manager could be one of the most important appointments in years at Goodison Park. What Are The Odds looks at who could be next in on the blue half of Liverpool.
Various reports including Sky Sports, have confirmed that Everton U23 manager David Unsworth will take temporary charge of the first team, starting with their League Cup fixture at Chelsea - not the easiest of starts to say the least. Paddy Power are currently offering odds of 5/2 (3.50) on the Everton man landing the job full-time - having impressed at youth level, managed the first team previously the dismissal of Roberto Martinez and having the supposed respect of the players and some of the upper echelons of the club.
However, Unsworth faces three away games in-a-row, with Chelsea, Leicester and Lyon all lying in-wait; so it would be perhaps too soon to suggest he’ll land the job as under current form it would be hard to see the Toffees winning any of those three fixtures.
If Everton are going to use Unsworth’s appointment to buy them time to appoint the joint-favourite for the post, Sean Dyche then they would perhaps best wait until after the three fixtures are over so he Burnley manager can start with a home match at the start of November against Watford. But with Burnley in such good form would Dyche really want to depart at this stage of the season into a potential relegation fight? Again odds of 5/2 (3.50) are on-offer - but expect them to shift constantly over the coming week as rumours and talks escalate.
Perhaps Everton fancy maintaining the Dutch-link in the dugout and enjoyed Manchester United’s style of play pre-Jose Mourinho, then Toffees fans will rejoice that Louis van Gaal is priced just a bit further back at 5/1 (6.00). It would be surprising if van Gaal does arrive as his obvious style of football would likely be met with resistance by the fans.
Three other big names are all priced at 4/1 (5.00) - Thomas Tuchel (former Dortmund boss), legendary Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti and Watford’s impressive Marco Silva. All of these names would likely return excitement levels amongst the Goodison Park faithful - but such poor form and danger of a relegation scrap could end up putting off these names who are likely to want European football next season to maintain all of their personal ambitions.
Probability of next Everton manager
|Next Manager||Next Everton Manager Odds||Probability|
|Louis van Gaal||4/1||20.00%|