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Martin O'Neill Is Now Favourite To Be Next Everton Manager

Martin O'Neill Is Now Favourite To Be Next Everton Manager
By PJ Browne Updated

Martin O'Neill is the new bookies' favourite to be the next Everton manager.

David Unsworth has been in charge of the first team at Goodison Park for more than a month following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

On Friday, less than 24 hours after Everton suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told talkSPORT's Jim White that the club is "close" to appointing a permanent successor Koeman.

The first priority is to stabilise the club and finalise the appointment of a manager. We are close.

It is really best to say nothing more until a new management team is appointed and we climb up the table.

Watford manager Marco Silva was the man most linked with the post. However, moves made by Everton to appoint the Portuguese - including offering a substantial amount of compensation - were rebuffed.

The Mirror reported on Friday night that O'Neill is on Everton's shortlist of possible alternatives to Silva. Additionally, Reuters reported that it is a three-man shortlist.

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O'Neill's odds of becoming the next Everton boss have since tumbled. He is as short as 1/2 in places. Though 65-year-old previously said that he has agreed a contract to continue as Ireland manager, no ink has been put to paper.

If he was to take up the Everton job, it would mean a return to Premier League management more than four-and-a-half years after he was sacked by Sunderland.

It is interesting that Moshiri mentioned "management team" in his statement to Jim White. We may be reading too much into this, but could Roy Keane be part of the package?

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