Everton remain in the hunt for a new manager, over a month since sacking Ronald Koeman following a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal.
The Toffees parted ways with Koeman in October, but the search for a replacement drags on, with caretaker boss David Unsworth still in charge – though his last two games have been disastrous.
A 5-1 Europa League defeat to Atalanta was bad enough, but having followed it up with a 4-1 defeat at Southampton on Sunday, Unsworth's chances of landing the job appear to be diminishing quickly.
The new favourite with bookmakers is Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, but a new name in the frame is Andre Villas-Boas, with Sky Bet noting that he has been cut to fourth favourite for the job at just 9/1, having emerged from nowhere.
Villas-Boas, 40, is currently managing in China with Shanghai SIPG, but looks set to move on before the end of the year, with the Chinese Super League season now over.
The Portuguese boss is no stranger to the Premier League after disappointing spells with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but could be tempted back to England for one last crack if Everton do come calling.
Everton fans have taken to Twitter to offer their views on Villas-Boas, with many fans excited about the prospect of him arriving at Goodison Park, suggesting that he is a far better candidate than some of the other names mentioned.
Others have wanted Villas-Boas for some time, and would take him in heartbeat rather than going for somebody like O'Neill or Sam Allardyce, highlighting that Villas-Boas is still only 40.
The name Andre Villas-Boas excites me. Mainly down to the other names linked but I would take him all day long. Didn't get chance to fix things after Spurs wasted Bale money so he can have a go at fixing our expensive mess instead... #EFC— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) November 24, 2017
where’s these villas boas rumours coming from? i’d take him, still think he’s a decent manager— Alex (@efc_alex18) November 24, 2017
I’d have Villas-Boas in a heartbeat— Jack (@JackEFC95) November 24, 2017
Villas boas? Yeah I’d be happy with him— Nick Willo (@nickwillo4efc) November 24, 2017
Think it's worth mentioning that Villas Boas is still only 40. Still very young and talented.— Guy Incognito (@MrGuyIncognito_) November 24, 2017
On the AVB rumours didn’t think of it like this but what if it was taking us so long to appoint someone because we were waiting for him to finish his season in China #EFC— Ben Taylor (@BenTaylor1_) November 26, 2017
AVB all day long for me. Chelsea spell aside, the kid is a winner. Even Spurs record was good #EFC— James Murphy (@MurphsJplace) November 25, 2017
Personally i'd be open to Everton making a move for AVB. Better than some of the recent names we have been linked with.— TheEvertonForum.com/forum - Register now (@TheEFCForum) November 25, 2017
Got to say that AVB for #EFC is far better than many of the awful managers names I’ve seen mentioned this past week!— Mark D (@markrhysdavies) November 25, 2017
I doubt we will get him but I'd he made up with AVB. I wanted him when we got Martinez and Koeman. Good manager. #EFC— Liam G (@liamg1878) November 25, 2017
Out of all the managers mentioned for the Everton job, the only ones I want are either Dyche or AVB.— Matty (@_MattyEFC) November 25, 2017