Louis van Gaal linked with shock move to Evertonby Jack Kitson / 20 November 2017, 14:09Tweet
Throughout the last week all the talk surrounding the possible identity of the next Everton manager has been hurled in the direction of one man, Marco Silva, who could be set to switch Hertfordshire for Merseyside, despite only taking charge of Watford in the summer.
However, on Monday a new name shot into the frame in the form of Louis van Gaal, with whom one bookmaker slashed from a 40/1 outsider to 4/1 major contender to make a shock return to the Premier League dugout.
The Dutchman has not been seen in the managerial arena since Man Utd ditched him for Jose Mourinho just two days after he hoisted the 2016 FA Cup.
The veteran boss has, however, been linked with a number of posts during his absence, including Bayern Munich, Southampton, AC Milan and the Netherlands.
He can now add Everton to that list.
The Toffees have been managerless since axing Ronald Koeman last month. Caretaker David Unsworth has since only registered one win from five games at the helm, but despite this unimpressive return he remains in the mix at 5/2 to bag the permanent position.
At the time of writing Watford’s Silva, who refuses to rule out a move to Merseyside, remains the 6/5 favourite at the summit of the market, but the abrupt emergence of LVG makes for interesting reading.
LVG entered into management in 1991 and has since gone on to hold eight different posts over a 25-year period, boasting spells at some of the biggest clubs in Europe: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Man Utd, and Ajaz, while he led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.
It’s fair to say that the 66-year-old’s two-year spell at United didn’t quite go to plan, and should Everton express an interest he could well be swayed into having another stab at life in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Koeman is remarkably now a 10/1 shot to replace himself...