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Everton's next manager - the candidates

It’s a game being played in pubs across Merseyside: who will be the next Everton manager?

David Moyes, the Toffees' decade-long boss, is fighting off talk regarding a new contract and fans in the football betting world are already resigned to seeing the Scot leave his post this summer.

Even the most ardent of Everton fans will agree Moyes has outgrown the club and needs a new challenge to fulfil his potential, meaning Bill Kenwright will be looking for a new boss come June.

Here’s a list of the front-runners for the post, plus a surprise or two:

Roberto Martinez

The Wigan boss (pictured) has done a magnificent job with little resources at the DW Stadium and regardless of whether or not Wigan fight off relegation this season his ability to get the best out of a bad crop certainly attracts Kenwright’s eye. Martinez would be in for the long run but may not advance the club much further.

Mark Hughes

Hughes is looking for work after an unsuccessful stint at QPR and needs a high-profile job to prove his managerial credentials. However, the flighty 49-year-old is unlikely to stay long if things begin well at Goodison and should not be backed by betting fans.

Brian McDermott

Widely regarded as a solid domestic manager, McDermott was unlucky to lose his job at Reading and with better resources could prove successful on Merseyside. He is calm, considered and loyal – three qualities found in Moyes – and would retain the respectability of the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Norwegian won the Tippeliga in his first season with Molde and is the in-vogue new manager of European football. Solskjaer knows the Premier League well and is keen to learn just as much again. At Goodison he would receive guidance and implant a similar work ethic to that of Moyes, making him a good outside bet for the post.

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