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6 possible contenders to replace Ronald Koeman at Everton

Could David Moyes be set for a shock return to Goodison Park?

Updated at 15.56

1. Sam Allardyce – 10/1

Sam Allardyce File Photo Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Allardyce has been without a job since stepping down as Crystal Palace boss at the end of last season. He hinted at retirement from football after leaving the Eagles back in May. But he has been linked with a number of roles since, including the vacant Leicester job and the USA national team manager’s hotseat. Given the Toffees’ considerable financial resources, it would be arguably the biggest job of Allardyce’s club career were he to accept it, though whether the powers that be at Goodison Park consider him a good fit remains to be seen.

2. David Unsworth - 3/1

Everton U23 v Reading U23 - Premier League 2 - Goodison Park Source: EMPICS Sport

Unsworth is a club legend, having made over 100 appearances for Everton. He has spent this season managing the Toffees’ U23 team and is expected to be installed as caretaker manager of the first team on an interim basis at least following Koeman’s departure. Presuming this news is confirmed and should the club get a few positive results during that period, the owners may be tempted to hand Unsworth the permanent job.

3. Chris Coleman – 12/1

Wales v Republic of Ireland - 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Group D - Cardiff City Stadium Wales manager Chris Coleman during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match at the Cardiff City Stadium. Source: Nick Potts

Coleman is currently the Wales manager though his future is uncertain after the team failed to qualify for World Cup 2018. He has Premier League managerial experience, having taken charge at Fulham between 2003 and 2007. He was also linked with the vacant Leicester hotseat recently and his stock remains relatively high, having guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 just over a year ago.

4. Sean Dyche - 8/1

Manchester City v Burnley - Premier League - Etihad Stadium Burnley manager Sean Dyche before the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job on minimal resources at Burnley. He kept the club up last year and has guided them to eighth place in the table this season. Whether he would be a natural fit at Everton remains questionable, however. The brand of football he favours at the Clarets is not dissimilar to Allardyce’s style, so whether he could adapt to the demands of a bigger club is uncertain.

5. David Moyes - 4/1

David Moyes File Photo Sunderland manager David Moyes. Source: Richard Sellers

Moyes would certainly be the most controversial appointment from all the choices listed here. On the one hand, he knows the culture of the club and is comfortably Everton’s highest achieving manager of the Premier League era, after 11 successful years there. That said, since leaving the Toffees in 2013, his stock has fallen dramatically — not one of his subsequent stints, at Man United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, could be considered a success.

6. Carlo Ancelotti - 12/1

Carlo Ancelotti File Photo Source: Nick Potts

The most left-field choice of the lot, Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern early into this season, with some players unhappy with his management style. When you consider the jobs the Italian has worked for, however – Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern — with the exception of Ancelotti’s first club, Everton would be the lowest level he has managed. However, given the Toffees’ potential with new owners that are seemingly willing to spend big, the experienced coach might just fancy the challenge.

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