After over a decade of service to Everton David Moyes has left to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. With this huge story many people have overlooked the interesting position that this leaves Everton in.
Moyes did an unbelievable job there on a limited budget and now the club need to make a decision on who should replace him.
An early favourite for the job would the fairly unknown Vitor Pereira currently managing Porto. Pereira has enjoyed two very successful seasons since Villas-Boas left the Portuguese club and is out of contract in the summer meaning Everton wouldn’t have to pay any money in compensation.
Another favourite for the job is Roberto Martinez. Martinez led Wigan to the FA cup final this season, kept them in the Premier league for the past few season even whilst operating on a shoe string budget puts him as a huge contender.
The Wigan manager is well known for playing attractive football and was interesting Liverpool last summer, however is this a big enough job for the Spaniard? Dave Whelan doesn’t think so.
Neil Lennon could prove an attractive option for the Everton job. The Scotsman has good European experience and beat Barcelona in this year’s Champions League. The job may suit him as he may feel he has taken Celtic as far as he can.
Michel Laudrup could be another possibility after winning the Capital One Cup in his first season in English football. However, I’m not sure that the move would suit him, he may see it as a sideways move from Swansea where he looks to be building something for the future.
The dark horse for the role is Phil Neville. He looks set to be leaving Everton this year and rejected a coaching role at the club but an offer to be a manager of a top team could prove too good to turn down. However, he would be a huge risk as he has absolutely no previous experience in management.
Whoever does replace Moyes will certainly be faced with a hard act to follow and will need to make some big decisions on the futures of players like Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. However, this could be the perfect job for a manager trying to enhance his reputation.
Who do you think will get the job?
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