David Moyes is the bookmakers’ favourite to return to Everton for the remainder of the 2019-20 Premier League season following the dismissal of Marco Silva on Thursday.
The Spaniard was finally shown the door at Goodison Park after his side were humiliated in the Merseyside derby – losing 5-2 to arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield. The hammering has left the Toffees inside the relegation zone after 15 games.
Many Everton fans had been calling for Silva’s head for several weeks following their dismal form this season.
The bookmakers have made David Moyes as the favourite with odds as short as 1/1. He previously managed the club between 2002 and 2013, before departing for Manchester United following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Moyes didn’t even last a full season at Old Trafford as he took the then defending champions outside of the top four and missing out on Champions League football. The Scot has followed this up with unsuccessful spells at Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham United since.
Given that he knows Everton so well and that the initial deal may simply be until the end of the season to make sure they avoid relegation whilst they look for a long-term replacement, it may not be such a bad idea from the club.
Duncan Ferguson will take charge of the Merseyside club for Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea. He will be joined by former teammate John Ebrell as his assistant. Ferguson has been managing the club’s under-23s in recent seasons and is a club legend.
Former FC Porto manager Vitor Pereira has been installed as the surprise second favourite, with odds of just 6/4 to become the next Everton manager.
The rest of the list are at long odds, with current Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe joint-third favourite at 9/1, alongside River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo.