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Last Updated May 16 2018, 16:04Football
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We look at the contenders to be the next Everton manager following Sam Allardyce's sacking after just six months in charge.

Allardyce's departure comes as little surprise as Marco Silva is already considered odds-on favourite for the job, with the Toffees having previously targeted him before turning to the former England boss.

However, if they fail to get their man again, there is an intriguing list of alternative options either out of work or ready to make the step up.

Here are the main candidates based on Sky Bet's next Everton manager odds...

Marco Silva - 2/7

Marco Silva (above) is the early short-priced favourite, having attracted majority of backing as the Toffees are expected to make their second move to secure his services. The Portuguese boss built his reputation in English football after bringing attractive football to Hull, earning plaudits for his free-flowing style down on Humberside. Despite an eventual relegation to the Sky Bet Championship, Silva retained respect in the footballing community and landed the managerial role at Watford, where he made a blistering start before their form tailed off, with the club blaming the Toffees' approach for their slump after parting company.

Paulo Fonseca - 7/2

Second in the market to succeed Allardyce is Portuguese native Paulo Fonseca, having attracted acclaim for his fast-paced football at Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. However, Everton could face stiff competition from West Ham after it was reported the Hammers were keen to secure his services amid suggestions that David Moyes is unlikely to remain at West Ham.

Louis Van Gaal - 16/1

Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal

Everton may provide the perfect opportunity to give Louis Van Gaal his chance to re-write his name into English footballing history if they choose to look beyond the favourites. The vastly experienced Dutchman struggled to meet expectations at Manchester United, despite winning the FA Cup. He has since publicly expressed his desire to prove the Red Devils wrong for firing him, and his high expectations may match those of majority stakeholder Farhad Moshiri.

Arsene Wenger - 25/1

Arsene Wenger says farewell to the Emirates in his last Arsenal home game

Despite claiming he wouldn't be keen to take another job in English football, Everton could provide the ideal platform for Arsene Wenger to bounce back into the game. After a 22-year-tenure at Arsenal came to a close, Wenger has openly admitted his hope of staying in the game and Everton could offer both Premier League status and a transfer budget without the same pressures attached to Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta - 25/1

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (right) with assistant Mikel Arteta

The Spaniard (above, left) is currently odds-on favourite to replace Wenger at Arsenal, but could well be presented with another opportunity to take over one of his former clubs, where he became a fan favourite in 199 appearances. Now in a coaching role under Pep Guardiola at record-breaking title-winners Manchester City, Arteta has gained a growing reputation for his work on the sidelines. However, without any managerial experience, the 36-year-old would still represent a risk to succeed the experienced Allardyce.

Sean Dyche - 25/1

Sean Dyche

After being nominated for LMA Manager of the Year, Burnley boss Sean Dyce is one of the most respected bosses in the English game. On a constrained budget, Dyche managed to guide the Clarets to their first ever European finish, ending a place above the Toffees. However, at odds of 25/1, a move for the 46-year-old is still considered unlikely, with one of the aforementioned continental options expected to be preferred.

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Dyche is joined by ex-Tottenham and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe (above) and Premier League surviving Huddersfield boss David Wagner at 25/1.

The vastly experienced Carlo Ancelotti is a 33/1 shot along with Newcastle's Rafael Benitez, the same price as Toffees legend and current coach Duncan Ferguson.


Everton manager odds (odds via Sky Bet)

Marco Silva - 2/5
David Moyes - 3/1
Paulo Fonseca - 7/1
Louis van Gaal - 12/1

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Odds correct as of 1215 BST 16/05/2018

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