EVERTON are closing in on their next managerial appointment with Nuno Espirito Santo the leading contender, according to bookmakers Betfair.
The Toffees are searching for their sixth permanent appointment in five years having been left stunned by Carlo Ancelotti's sudden departure.
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Ancelotti, 61, swapped Merseyside for Madrid after 18 months in charge at Goodison Park.
The Italian signed a three-year deal to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu – despite having three years remaining on his Everton contract.
There are plenty of big names being linked with the vacant position – but Espirito Santo is now the odds-on favourite at 4/6.
Everton's board called an emergency meeting on Tuesday with owner Farhad Moshiri leading the discussions.
And talks have now been scheduled with Nuno, who left his role at Molineux after the 2020-21 campaign.
Everton next manager odds – Betfair
- Nuno Espirito Santo – 4/6
- Eddie Howe – 5/1 – Was 5/2
- David Moyes – 15/2 – Was 6/1
- Rafael Benitez – 17/2
- Frank Lampard – 10/1
- Duncan Ferguson – 11/1
- Erik ten Hag – 12/1
- Paulo Fonseca – 14/1
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The 47-year-old is an attractive option given his top-flight experience and free agent status.
He guided Wolves from the Championship to the Premier League during his tenure and achieved successive seventh-placed finishes.
Eddie Howe is next in the betting market – but his odds have drifted markedly from 5/2 to 5/1 over the last 24 hours.
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He's closely followed by a familiar face in West Ham boss David Moyes, who is available at 15/2 having been 6/1.
Everton finished 7th or higher in eight of the Scot's full seasons in charge – achieving that with a lower budget than any of his successors.
Rafael Benitez is priced at 17/2 with Frank Lampard and assistant manager Duncan Ferguson following next at 10/1 and 11/1 respectively.
Ajax's Erik ten Hag is available at 12/1 with axed Roma boss Paulo Fonseca completing the list at 14s.
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