News that Gus Poyet is considering his future at Brighton and Hove Albion in the wake of their play-off semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace has seen odds about him replacing David Moyes at Everton halve, with the Uruguayan now as short as 5/1.
Meanwhile the shifting sands of the next Everton manager betting have seen Roberto Martinez – favourite since the market began – drift out to 11/4, though he’s now back in to 7/4.
It may have been the disappointment of defeat in the end of season Championship knockouts, but Poyet was particularly unguarded in discussing his position at the South Coast club after the match.
The Daily Mail quoted the Seagulls boss as saying ‘I have always said that all the time we keep improving I am going to be at this football club and the day we hit the roof, I’m not’.
It seems that the ex-Chelsea player will seek assurances that more investment will accompany another promotion bid at the Amex next term.
The Uruguayan has undertaken a change in Brighton’s footballing philosophy during his Seagulls tenure, morphing them from an attritional hoofball outfit to an appealing attacking force that simultaneously has the Championship’s most miserly backline.
Nonetheless, a reliance on finance to underpin their surge to the cusp of the Premier League has been evident, with the club’s transfer record broken twice during Poyet’s first season in charge.
With such an insatiable and impatient desire for progression it seems that Everton – cash-strapped and punching above their weight for years – couldn’t be a worse fit for the Seagulls string-puller.
Poyet has been linked with Premier League jobs in the past – he was a leading contender for the Reading job after the sacking of Brian McDermott – and he’s clearly an ambitious gaffer.
However, a side with such limited potential for progress as Everton don’t seem like an obvious fit for him.
For all he has crafted a new philosophy for his Brighton team, the fact that he’s willing to leave them so soon seems at odds with Everton’s need for long-term stability as the club tries to rebuild itself after the loss of club cornerstone Moyes.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.