Carlo Ancelotti surprise favourite to replace Ronald Koeman at Evertonby Jack Kitson / 02 October 2017, 11:51Tweet
Ronald Koeman is walking the tightrope at Everton following a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley, which left the Toffees 16th in the Premier League with just seven points and four goals from their opening seven matches.
History tells us that October’s international break is a popular time for top-flight teams to take stock of how their season has started, and in the case of Everton the 2017/18 campaign has not began brightly, quite the opposite in fact.
Last term Swansea sacked Francesco Guidolin on 3rd October, while the season before both Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) and Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) exited on 4th October (2015).
Beware Koeman, beware.
The under-fire Dutchman is now the odds-on 2/5 favourite in the Premier League Sack Race, and after being dealt the “Dreaded Vote of Confidence” from shareholder Farhad Moshiri, he could well become the top-flight’s next managerial casualty following September’s sacking of Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace).
In preparation of a potential sacking bookmakers Bet Victor have opened up the Next Everton Manager Market, installing Carlo Ancelotti as the surprise 6/1 joint favourite alongside the club’s U23 boss David Unsworth.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe (10/1), former England gaffer Sam Allardyce and Burnley’s Sean Dyche (both 12/1) also feature in the betting, while first team coach Duncan Ferguson is available at the same price.
Ancelotti lost his job last week after Bayern Munich sent him packing, and according to The Telegraph the Italian, who previously won the league and cup double with Chelsea, is keen on returning to England.
Ancelotti has already been linked with both the Blues and West Ham, while he can now add struggling Everton to that list.
Should Everton axe Koeman, they should do everything they can to lure over Ancelotti, a three time Champions League winner who has won league titles in England, Italy, Germany and France.
Meanwhile, Toffees fans will need no reminding that the club are without a major trophy since winning the 1995 FA Cup.
...alternatively Alan Pardew is free...
Ronald Koeman under pressure— Football Fours (@Football_Fours) October 1, 2017
Carlo Ancelotti available
2 week international break
Welcome to Everton Alan Pardew.... pic.twitter.com/eydxMVVYHJ
That is quite the line-up!