Victor Chandler have installed Wigan’s Roberto Martinez as favourite for the next Everton manager. Spokesperson for Chandler, Charlie McCann said he expected Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright to make his move in the next 48 hours now the football season is over.
Wigan’s Chairman Dave Whelan won’t stand in the way of his manager, so getting permission or trying to prise Martinez away from Wigan is never going to be an issue.
Chandler have Martinez at 9/4 favourite, it is no shock to see the Spaniard leading the betting, but I get the feeling that this is based on nothing other than speculation and the fact that Martinez gets linked with just about any vacancy outside of the top 4 or 5 sides these days.
Martinez is also favourite on the betting exchanges, currently trading at around 3.6 on Betfair. This suggests to me that no major move has been made, as the exchange betting markets generally tell the story when things start happening behind the scenes.
Another difference of opinion sees Chandler make Phil Neville second favourite at 5/1.Neville can be backed at 16/1 on Betfair, with Jurgen Klinsmann, Alan Stubbs, Neil Lennon, Malky MacKay and Vitor Pereira all at shorter odds. All in all it appears no one really knows what’s going on here.
My own personal take on this, is I would be looking for better value than what Martinez is. This is the sort of right sized job for someone like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Michael Laudrup.
The downside to backing Solskjaer is that Kenwright might feel he is again potentially grooming Manchester United’s next manager, something I think he would be keen to avoid.
While with Laudrup, although he has shown no desire to get away from Swansea, he surely looks a good fit for Goodison Park. He is available at around 30/1 on Betfair – I’ve had a couple of quid on him at those odds.
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