Moyes odds-on for Goodison return

West Ham plan to have a new manager in place within 10 days after opting not to keep David Moyes on.

David Moyes is the short-price favourite to be named the next permanent Everton manager, following the sacking of Marco Silva on Thursday.

After weeks of speculation over his future, the Everton board decided enough was enough when the Blues slipped into the relegation zone following a 5-2 defeat in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Silva was sacked on Thursday evening and Duncan Ferguson has been put in temporary charge, leading the team into their next Premier League clash, when they play host to Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

In the club statement, the board said they would look to “confirm a new permanent manager as quickly as possible” and that could well mean the return of a former favourite.

Moyes, who spent 11 years at Everton between 2002 and 2013, has been out of work since leaving West Ham in May 2018 and there is even talk that he has already spoken to Everton officials about a return.

The Scot is as short as 1/4 with some bookmakers, to be named as Silva’s successor and its understood he could be named as early as by the weekend.

Moyes’ close relationship with chairman Bill Kenwright also puts him in pole position to take the Goodison Park hot-seat for a second time and the 56-year-old knows the club inside out.

Amongst the other names on the betting shortlist include Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe (around 7/1), ex-Blues midfielder Mikel Arteta (shortest price 9/1) and the manager of River Plate, Marcelo Gallardo.

But everything currently seems to point to Moyes being unveiled for the second time as Everton manager, as the Toffees look to avoid the drop.

If the former Preston and Manchester United chief does return, it is thought he will keep Ferguson amongst his staff while another fans favourite, Tim Cahill, could also return to the club as part of the coaching team.