Two backed for Everton, but Favre could be right Moyes replacement

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Roberto Martinez remains the favourite to be the next Everton manager with Ladbrokes offering the top price of 13/8, but the money has been going elsewhere, namely onto Neil Lennon and Phil Neville.

Lennon has been heavily backed from 16/1 into 7/2 to succeed David Moyes in the Goodison Park dugout, while Everton captain Neville has been trimmed from 14/1 into 8/1.

One name that has so far not been linked with Everton but perhaps should be is Lucien Favre, who has done an outstanding job over the last two years at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Taking over with the club bottom of the Bundesliga in February 2011, the Swiss boss secured their safety and then last season improved them so much that they finished fourth, qualifying them for the Champions League.

Like Everton’s one such opportunity under Moyes, Monchengladbach were beaten in the play-off rounds, dumped out by Dynamo Kiev, while this season they are in the mix to qualify for the Europa League.

Also like Moyes, Favre has developed the club on a minimal budget, developing talented players like Marco Reus and Bayern Munich defender Dante before selling them on.

His strengths are ultimately in getting the best out of players, which is something vital at Everton as they look to continue their battle for Champions League qualification with other clubs far better off financially.

Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley are two players that could benefit from Favre’s wisdom, while the likes of Nikica Jelavic have underachieved this season and a new manager may bring him a change in fortunes.

It is 20/1 that Favre is appointed the next Everton manager and although he is a name that many fans will have no knowledge of, he may well prove the best of all of the options to continue the club on the path that Moyes has opened up.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.