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Premier League: The new runners and riders for Tottenham, Everton and Crystal Palace jobs

by Football Frenzied

English football’s managerial merry-go round keeps on revolving.  

It’s been a week since Carlo Ancelotti dropped the bombshell on Everton to move to Real Madrid, but are the Toffees any closer to finding his replacement?

Tottenham and Crystal Palace are also both still on the lookout for the right boss to fill their respective vacant hotseats. Antonio Conte looked ready to take over the reins in north London while Nuno Espirito Santo’s move to the Eagles is now off.

The clock is ticking and the Premier League outfits will be keen to make appointments as soon as possible so that preparations can get underway for next season.

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what’s recently changed, who the leading candidates are and just how close the clubs are to securing their new No 1s.

Mauricio Pochettino seems to be staying at PSG despite links to Tottenham

Wolves have appointed Bruno Lage (L) while Mauricio Pochettino (R) seems to be staying at PSG as Tottenham, Everton and Crystal Palace continue their managerial searches

NEXT EVERTON MANAGER ODDS

Nuno Espirito Santo: 17/10 

Graham Potter: 10/3 

Duncan Ferguson: 5/1 

Christophe Galtier: 11/2 

Eddie Howe: 6/1 

David Moyes: 7/1 

Rafael Benitez: 9/1 

Frank Lampard: 14/1 

Paulo Fonseca: 14/1 

Sergio Conceicao: 17/1 

Andrea Pirlo: 19/1 

Wayne Rooney: 20/1 

Ralf Rangnick: 20/1 

Chris Wilder: 20/1

*Odds courtesy of Betfair 

EVERTON

What happened? 

Everton are still reeling from the shock departure of three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti. The Italian stunned the world of football by quitting the Toffees and re-joining Madrid on a whirlwind day.

The move came out of nowhere and Everton find themselves in a vulnerable position with the 2021-22 season on the horizon.

Ancelotti, who was a major coup in the first place, was building something at Goodison Park but now things are strikingly hazy.

What’s changed in the last week?

Former Wolves boss Nuno was the bookies’ favourite to be the man to take over from Ancelotti and, arguably, the most-suited to continue the project on Merseyside.

However Palace came in and offered the Portuguese their vacancy on Tuesday. 

It is understood Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of the season in May, is attracted to the plan at Selhurst Park.

But in a sensational U-turn on Wednesday morning the Eagles ended their interest in Nuno. Palace decided to walk away over amid concerns over his demands.

Everton could still have had the last say with the ability to offer a larger budget and more favourable salary but now the chances of Nuno heading to Goodison Park have significantly increased with Palace out of the equation.

Nuno Espirito Santo is the favourite to take over at Everton after Crystal Palace ended pursuit

Nuno Espirito Santo is the favourite to take over at Everton after Crystal Palace ended pursuit

Who is the frontrunner?

In fact, Nuno has been re-installed as the favourite to be Ancelotti’s replacement. 

Due to Palace’s advances with Nuno, Brighton boss Graham Potter did become the frontrunner to make the move north.

The 46-year-old made a name for himself in England at Swansea and his style of play at Brighton has earned plenty of plaudits. 

Everton legend Duncan Ferguson’s odds have shortened in the last week (5/1) while former Lille boss Christophe Galtier, who ended Paris Saint-Germain’s stranglehold on Ligue 1 last month, has entered the picture and is at odds of 11/2 to take charge. 

A lot has happened in the past week at Everton but it’s now pretty much as you were with Nuno the obvious candidate.

TOTTENHAM

What happened? 

It’s hard to forget the chaos at Spurs after Jose Mourinho was given his marching orders just days before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason was put in interim charge for the run-in and did nothing to jeopardise his managerial ambitions, winning four of his six Premier League matches.

He is ready to listen to offers to become a full-time manager but he is not the man for the Spurs hotseat at such an early stage of his coaching career. 

Last week, former Inter boss Antonio Conte looked like he was going to fit the bill at Tottenham

Last week, former Inter boss Antonio Conte looked like he was going to fit the bill at Tottenham

NEXT TOTTENHAM MANAGER ODDS

Erik ten Hag: 17/10 

Mauricio Pochettino: 7/2

Roberto Martinez: 6/1 

Antonio Conte: 6/1 

Graham Potter: 7/1 

Nuno Espirito Santo: 9/1 

Gian Piero Gasperini: 9/1 

Christophe Galtier: 11/1 

Eddie Howe: 12/1 

Jurgen Klinsmann: 16/1 

Scott Parker: 16/1

Maurizio Sarri: 16/1

Massimiliano Allegri: 17/1

Ralf Rangnick: 22/1

*Odds courtesy of Betfair 

What’s changed in the last week? 

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked from the Spurs top job in November 2019, was the favourite to return to north London last week.

However his odds have gone out with PSG recently triggering a 12-month contract extension on his initial 18-month contract, resulting in him being tied to the club until 2023, which complicates matters. 

With the chances of a Pochettino reunion getting slimmer and slimmer by the day, former Inter boss Conte looked like he was going to fit the bill.

The former Chelsea boss had held discussions with Spurs but talks stalled last Friday amid concerns from the Italian over the club’s ability to lift trophies.

Just as Spurs looked set to finally secure Mourinho’s successor, they hit another bump in the road. 

Who is the frontrunner? 

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is now the frontrunner with bookmakers at odds of 17/10. He was an early candidate for the role but then agreed a contract extension until 2023 at the Dutch side.

Pochettino and Conte seem to still be in the running despite the apparent obstacles while Roberto Martinez’s odds have shortened from 9/1 to 6/1. The Belgium manager currently has Euro 2020 on his mind but is keen to take a Premier League job after the tournament.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is now frontrunner with bookmakers at odds of 17/10 despite new deal

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is now frontrunner with bookmakers at odds of 17/10 despite new deal

CRYSTAL PALACE

What happened? 

Palace announced Roy Hodgson would be departing before the end of the season and the 73-year bid farewell following their 2-0 defeat by Liverpool on the final day.

The former England boss said he felt the time was right to step away from ‘the rigours of top-flight Premier League football’ and bring to an end his ‘responsibilities of being a full-time manager.’

Uncertainty had been surrounding Hodgson, whose deal was winding down and talks had not taken place regarding an extension.

Steve Cooper has become the bookies' favourite after Palace walked away from Nuno

Steve Cooper has become the bookies’ favourite after Palace walked away from Nuno

NEXT CRYSTAL PALACE MANAGER ODDS

Steve Cooper: 17/10

Eddie Howe: 10/3

Sean Dyche: 6/1

Frank Lampard: 15/2

Valerian Ismael: 9/1

Chris Wilder: 9/1

Scott Parker: 10/1

Sam Allardyce: 18/1

Patrick Vieira: 25/1

John Terry: 25/1

*Odds courtesy of Betfair   

What’s changed in the last week? 

As already mentioned, Palace were keen on swooping to tie down Nuno and was heavily fancied to be the man to take the Eagles forward.

The London outfit intensified their efforts to try to seal a deal for the Portuguese but pulled the plug on their attempts on Tuesday night.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed that Nuno’s demands raised concerns among Palace officials and they subsequently ended their pursuit.

Who is the frontrunner? 

Steve Cooper has become the bookies’ favourite after Palace walked away from Nuno. The Swansea boss has impressed at the Championship outfit, guiding them to the play-off final in the campaign just gone.

Eddie Howe is still an option a year after leaving Bournemouth, having walked away from talks with Celtic.

The 43-year-old, at odds of 10/3, took Bournemouth from League 2 to the Premier League and continued to impress as he cemented their position in the top-flight for five years. 

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is another in the frame, given he has just one year left on his deal at Turf Moor. Although Palace need to move quick with a new contract in the offing.

Should Dyche swap Burnley for Palace, the Premier League managerial carousel will keep on turning. 

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is another in the frame, given he is yet to sign a new deal at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is another in the frame, given he is yet to sign a new deal at Turf Moor

P.S – At least the clubs in the Midlands have got their own houses in order with Wolves announcing the appointment of Bruno Lage as Nuno’s successor on Wednesday. 

Furthermore, former Huddersfield and Schalke boss David Wagner is close to becoming West Brom manager.

Former Huddersfield and Schalke boss David Wagner is close to becoming West Brom boss

Former Huddersfield and Schalke boss David Wagner is close to becoming West Brom boss

Source: DailyMail

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