Wayne Rooney and Sean Dyche are the favourites to replace under pressure Frank Lampard as the next Everton manager.
Frank Lampard is on the brink at Everton, with his side just a point above the relegation places having been thrashed at home against Brighton.
Unfortunately for the 44-year-old, a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in late October has proved a false dawn for the Toffees. In six Premier League matches since, they have taken just two points from a goalless draw at Fulham and a battling 1-1 at Manchester City.
Lampard had gone out to as far as 16/1 in the sack race odds market having beaten Palace and was 3/1 best price going into the Premier League's World Cup break. He was still available at 8/11 ahead of the Boxing Day defeat to Wolves but is now a best price 4/11 (worst 1/6).
Who are the favourites to become the next Everton manager?
Last week, the odds drastically shortened on Manchester United’s record scorer Wayne Rooney making a sensational return to Everton as the club’s new manager. He has now drifted from Evens at the end of December but remains a 5/1 favourite.
The 37-year-old registered just two wins from his first 14 league matches as manager of D.C. United, whose MLS season doesn’t get underway in February.
However, Rooney has credit in the bank from his time with Derby when he led the Rams’ gallant - but ultimately unsuccessful - bid to beat the Championship drop from a -21 point start.
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Sean Dyche is still jobless since leaving Burnley last season. He had been a leading contender for the Norwich job when Dean Smith was sacked following the Boxing Day defeat by Luton Town, but the club are now set to appoint ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner.
Instead, Dyche is more closely linked with the Everton role should the Toffees relieve Lampard of his duties. He is the 5/1 joint favourite with Rooney.
Before Lampard was appointed in January, Martinez was one of three leading contenders for the Everton job alongside Rooney and Duncan Ferguson.
In fact, Martinez was believed to be the preferred appointment for majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, but problems regarding his release by the Belgian FA reportedly hindered 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%. He is an 8/1 shot to return.
Who are the longer odds shots to replace Lampard?
In September, the 50-year-old was linked with a surprise move to Nice when the club's boss Lucien Favre was under pressure, but reportedly favours a move back to England. Are Everton a big enough pull for the former Spurs and PSG manager?
Ange Postecoglou (16/1) arrived at Celtic after Rangers had spoiled the Parkhead club's attempts to win a 10th title in a row in 2020/21.
The Aussie helped to turn the tide, beating Rangers to last season's title by four points after 29 wins from 38 matches. His Hoops side hold a nine-point lead over their Glasgow rivals in the 2022/23 table having won 18 of their first 20 matches.