With Rafa Benítez out of Everton, there is much speculation as to who will take charge of Goodison Park.
Duncan Ferguson has been installed as caretaker manager for the second time, with the 50-year-old now staying in charge until a longer-term decision is made. Ferguson last held that role in 2019, when Marco Silva was sacked and the club worked to recruit Carlo Ancelotti.
The Toffees sit in 16th place and, although there is still a six-point gap between them and the relegation zone, the situation looks much more precarious than it should for a club of Everton’s stature.
Everton have hired a big-name manager with significant pedigree in each of the last two signings, as Ancelotti and Benítez previously won the Champions League. That hasn’t exactly worked out, as Ancelotti was tempted by a return to Real Madrid before Benítez’s disastrous tenure.
The current list of possible favourites, however, speaks less of a desire for Champions League experience and more of a new desire for English managerial talent and previous links with the club.
Favorite bets to be the next Everton manager
Odds courtesy of SkyBet in the UK
|Wayne Rooney||derby county||3/1|
|graham potter||Brighton and Hove Albion||1/16|
|Nuno Holy Spirit||unattached||1/16|
The current interim boss always has a chance at a permanent job, and Ferguson is more likely to find himself in charge permanently. A former Everton defender and fan favorite during his four-year spell with the club, Ferguson has been a part of Everton’s first-team staff since 2014. His brutal and no-nonsense reputation as a player endeared him to fans. and no one else on the list has roots in Goodison Park like Ferguson.
There were rumors that he would get the job during his last caretaker term, especially after he went five games without a loss, and this time the bookies responded by naming him the current betting favourite. Much of this will depend on how Everton respond to his time in charge.
The other Everton man on this list, Rooney would make perfect sense as the new Toffees boss. Rooney played for Everton in two spells that marked his memorable time with Manchester United, most recently from 2017-2018 before leaving for Major League Soccer. Now 36, Rooney has spent the last two years managing Derby County, first as a rare player/manager and now only as the permanent manager.
He had done fairly well with the Rams, narrowly missing out on promotion twice in the famously random championship playoffs, but this season has been a rough one after the league stripped the club of 21 points for breaching financial rules. The club faces relegation to League One, sitting second from bottom and with a mountain to climb, but Rooney has the team believing. If he can guide the Rams to safety, it would represent a defining moment in his fledgling managerial career.
While Ferguson and Rooney have direct links to Everton, an English boss may be enough. Everton have not had an Englishman in charge since Sam Allardyce left in May 2018. Lampard has top-level experience after two years in charge of Chelsea, and although he had a tumultuous end with Chelsea in ninth place, his Premier League the pedigree would be enough to get fans excited.
While capturing a successful former boss would promise a game changer, this feels more unlikely than anything else. It would be a blow to remove Martinez from his current job in charge of European powerhouses Belgium, especially in a World Cup year in which the nation has already secured qualification for the upcoming winter tournament. It would make a lot of sense for the club, and Martinez is probably the best option on this list, but it makes little sense for Martinez himself. It’s worth a call from the club though, for sure.
The 46-year-old Brighton boss has done extremely well this season, and continued connections with jobs at bigger clubs are sure to follow. Potter still has very little experience in England, with stops at Swansea City and Brighton, all since 2018, the only ones on his resume, but the Seagulls have delivered consistent results this season against more talented sides like Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester City. , which leads to a lot of small talk. Like Rooney, there would be questions about his managerial resume if he were hired, but this season’s results with the team available to him at Brighton speak for themselves.
After two failed signings in Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benítez, the links with José Mourinho have drawn much criticism. However, they do not seem to hold water. Sky Sports reported the link on Tuesday via social media before squashing its own rumor literally less than half an hour later. Hiring Mourinho would involve bringing in a divisive figure who hasn’t had much recent success at any of his stops, and in the midst of a looming battle for relegation from the Premier League, that would be more of a circus than necessary at Goodison Park.