Next Everton manager odds: Roberto Martinez one of three closely priced contenders

Next Everton manager odds: Roberto Martinez one of three closely priced contenders

Uncertainty remains over the next in line for the Goodison Park hotseat, as three clear favourites emerge in the next Everton manager odds betting market.

The chances of former manager Roberto Martinez making an Everton comeback reduced overnight, as club legend Duncan Ferguson joined the Spaniard and early frontrunner Wayne Rooney as the three favourites in the next Everton manager odds betting market.

Rafael Benitez was sacked over the weekend, leaving the club 16th in the Premier League after a problem-stricken 200 days in charge.

Martinez was believed to be the preferred appointment for majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, but problems regarding his release by the Belgian FA may now hinder his chances of reprising a role he was sacked from in 2016. During his first spell at Everton, Martinez oversaw 61 wins, 39 draws and 43 defeats in 143 matches – a win percentage of 42.7%.

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It is expected that Ferguson will once again assume the role as Caretaker Manager, but he has now also shortened into best price 7/2 to become the club’s next permanent manager.

Meanwhile, Rooney – who was best price 11/8 soon after news broke of the Benitez dismissal on Sunday – has drifted to a best price 4/1. The Manchester United and England record goalscorer might have been tempted to stay and fight for the greatest of great escapes with Derby County, but news broke yesterday that the club could be facing liquidation in the next two weeks.

Despite a collective 21-point penalty, 12 for entering administration in September and nine for historical financial breaches, Derby moved off the bottom of the Championship table with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United. Were it not for the penalty points, the Rams would now sit in 11th place.

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