By Danny Wright
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has emerged as the newest name in contention to be the next Everton manager, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
SkyBet now have O’Neill 65, priced as the 11/1 fourth-favourite to be Ronald Koeman’s permanent successor after Ireland failed to reach the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday night after receiving a 5-1 hammering from Denmark.
On Tuesday, before the game, the former Aston Villa and Celtic boss was priced as low as 33/1 and well outside the frontrunners, but it seems that the World Cup qualifier play-off loss in Dublin has seen his odds slashed remarkably to the point he is now more likely than previous favourite Sam Allardyce.
Marco Silva (6/5) remains favourite after the Daily Mail reported that Everton are readying a third approach for the Watford manager after their previous £8.5million compensation offer was kicked into touch.
Caretaker manager David Unsworth (6/4) and Burnley boss Sean Dyche (7/1) also appear to still be in solid contention to take over on a permanent basis at Goodison Park.
Everton have been hunting for a new manager for over three weeks since Koeman was booted out the exit door following a dire start to the season.
However it is widely reported that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright are at odds with one another about what direction they want to take the club in with their next appointment.
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