Everton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman
We look at the contenders to be the next Everton manager following Ronald Koeman’s sacking.
The Dutchman has been relieved of his duties at Goodison Park after 16 months, paying the price for dropping into the relegation zone after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal, which left them with just eight points from their first nine games.
Expectations were raised ahead of the season after a £150m summer spending spree, although they did lose leading goalscorer to Romelu Lukaku and have faced five of last season’s top six in the Premier League already.
Here, Sky Bet take a look at the front-runners tipped with becoming Everton’s next manager…
Sean Dyche (11/10 with Sky Bet)
The Burnley manager has been the early mover in the betting, backed in from 8/1 to favourite following Koeman’s departure. Dyche is reportedly open to new opportunities after leading Burnley to promotion and then comfortably keeping them in the Premier League last season.
Everton and their financial backing, led by investor Farhad Moshiri, is likely to serve as an ideal project for the 46-year-old, despite the Clarets currently sitting 10 places higher in the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce (3/1 with Sky Bet)
As per standard procedure when a club in the Premier League relegation zone sack their manager, Allardyce’s name is thrown into the hat. The former Crystal Palace boss was recently linked to the vacant manager’s position at Leicester, but quickly dismissed such suggestions, insisting the timing was not right.
Less than a week on, he is second favourite for the Everton job, with Sky Bet reporting interest in the former England boss, prompting his price to come in from 9/1.
David Unsworth (5/1 with Sky Bet)
The Everton legend and current U23s manager was installed as the early favourite as those in favour of promotion within the club made their case. As a defender, Unsworth made 314 appearances during two spells at Goodison Park, and he has returned to manage U23 side following coaching spells at Preston and Sheffield United.
He took the reins of the first team with the assistance of Joe Royle after Roberto Martinez’s departure, leading the Toffees to a 3-0 victory over Norwich, before returning to manage the U23s when Koeman was appointed.
David Moyes (10/1 with Sky Bet)
If Everton are looking for stability then they might be looking towards David Moyes, who enjoyed over a decade at the club.
However, after troubling spells at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland it remains to be seen if he would be a popular reappointment. It is worth noting Moyes is currently the even-money favourite to be the next Scotland manager, following Gordon Strachan’s departure.
At the time of writing, all other candidates linked with the Goodison Park position are 16/1 or greater, including Carlo Ancelotti, who was recently relieved of his duties at Bayern Munich, and former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel.
Toffees fan favourite and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta is the same price along with former and current Watford bosses Walter Mazzarri and Marco Silva.