Five potential successors to Ancelotti at Everton

It’s out with the old, in with the new as Everton prepare to hire someone to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the club.

The veteran boss broke Goodison hearts this week, when he confirmed that he would return to the helm of Real Madrid after his first stint there between 2013 and 2015.

Understandably, the announcement left an extremely bitter taste among Everton fans, many of whom were still getting used to the fact he had joined the club in the first place.

Alas, the search for his successor must now commence and at the time of writing, these are the five candidates leading the way. (via Oddschecker)

Nuno Espirito Santo – 2/1

Despite reportedly being in talks with Crystal Palace for the last few days, the emergence of a vacancy at Everton just might have triggered the interest of Nuno Espirito Santo. The former Wolves boss struggled this season with a 13th place top flight finish, but his past successes in England could be enough to land him the job.

Eddie Howe – 2/1

Ever since leaving Bournemouth the football world has been wondering what’ll come next for Eddie Howe. Initially, it seemed as if he was destined for a stint with Scottish giants Celtic, but the young gaffer is back out on the open market after talks with the club fell apart.

Rafa Benitez – 4/1

Rafa has been without a job since leaving Dalian Professional but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from churning out multiple ideas regarding where he’s going to end up next. His connection to Everton’s city rivals Liverpool could make this move complicated, but it wouldn’t be impossible.

David Moyes – 10/1

Moyes enjoyed 11 successful years with Everton prior to joining Manchester United and almost a decade later, he could be available once again. The Scot has been able to guide West Ham back into Europe, but the allure of a return to his former home could be too good of an opportunity to turn down.

Antonio Conte – 12/1

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could well be the biggest managerial free agent out there in the wake of his success at Inter Milan. He clearly enjoyed his time in the Premier League before with the Blues, and there’s a good foundation behind the scenes at Everton that he could work with.

So far it seems that the Italian is swaying towards Tottenham, but never say never.

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