Belfast Telegraph

Smart money on Martin O'Neill landing Everton job after Euros

By Graham Luney

Martin O'Neill is being strongly backed to become Everton boss after the Republic of Ireland's European Championship adventure in France this summer.

The axe is set to fall on Roberto Martinez as the Goodison board and club supporters run out of patience with the Spaniard over poor results.

O'Neill isn't the only Ulsterman closing in on a big managerial job as Brendan Rodgers is being backed to succeed Ronny Deila as Celtic manager.

There has been a rush of bets on both men to land the top jobs and although several bosses have been linked with the Everton post, former Northern Ireland skipper O'Neill (right) is the frontrunner, according to the smart money placed with the bookies.

O'Neill is focused on the European Championships which start next month in France. But his contract with the FAI runs out after the Euros and it appears unlikely he will agree a contract extension.

The odds on the former Leicester City supremo being appointed Everton chief have been slashed from 40/1 to just 5/4, moving him ahead of other names such as Southampton boss Ronald Koeman and Manchester City chief Manuel Pellegrini.

Everton may have ended a woeful seven match winless run in the league on Saturday, but that 2-1 success over Bournemouth has done absolutely nothing to quell the pressure on Martinez.

The Spaniard was heckled by supporters when leaving Goodison Park, and it’s now nearing the point where a summer departure is seeminglyinevitable following two desperately disappointing seasons on the spin. Everton currently lie in 11th place, over 30 points behindchampions Leicester City.

Carnlough man Rodgers meanwhile, is expected to take charge at Parkhead once Deila steps down at the end of the season.

There has been sustained betting on the former Liverpool boss to land the Celtic post, with odds tumbling from 20-1 down to 7-2 joint favourite with David Moyes.

David Macdonald ofLadbrokes said: “This is the biggest gamble we’ve had on the next manager to replace Deila and it’s looking like fans are expecting to hear the Rodgers roar next season”.

Rodgers hailed Celtic as “an iconic club” earlier this week.

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