Surprise front-runner to replace Martinez as Everton manager

Former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is the bookies' favourite to replace Roberto Martinez in the event of the Spaniard leaving Goodison Park.

Michael Laudrup has emerged as the shock bookmakers' favourite to be the next manager of Everton, in the event of Roberto Martinez's departure.

According to data produced by Oddschecker, the Dane can be backed at as short a price as 8/1 to replace the Spaniard on Merseyside.

Laudrup was previously linked to both the vacant Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers jobs but ultimately failed to move to either club.

An experienced manager who previously enjoyed top-flight success with Swansea City, helping the Welsh club win the League Cup in 2013, the 50-year-old is currently in charge of Lekhwiya in Qatar.

Prior to managing the Swans, the Dane also spent time in Russia and Spain and would bring a wealth of experience to the role.

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Contracted to Lekhwiya until the end of the season, Laudrup leads the way in the betting ahead of two Everton favourites in Alan Stubbs and Duncan Ferguson.

Stubbs played over 160 games for the Toffees in two separate spells and is presently in charge of Scottish Championship side Hibernian.

The former defender is the second favourite to replace Martinez at a price of around 10/1.

Ferguson is close behind Stubbs in the betting at 12/1, on average.

A firm favourite with the fans, having played over 230 games for the Merseysiders over two spells, the 43-year-old is currently working as a first-team coach at the club.

More importantly, Ferguson was previously put forward as a potential Everton manager by club legend Howard Kendall in an interview with BBC Sport, following David Moyes' departure to Manchester United.

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