'Have him in a heartbeat'... Excited Everton fans react as Andre Villas-Boas' odds are cut dramatically

Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas looks on during the AFC Champions League round of 16 football match Shanghai SIPG against Jiangsu Suning FC in Nanjing, on May 31, 2017.

Andre Villas-Boas' odds for the Everton job have been cut dramatically.

Andre Villas-Boas, the newly announced football coach for Shanghai SIPG, speaks during a press conference in Shanghai on November 4, 2016.Andre Villas-Boas

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.

Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas looks on during the AFC Champions League round of 16 football match Shanghai SIPG against Jiangsu Suning FC in Nanjing, on May 31, 2017.

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.

Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas (R) looks on during the AFC Champions League round of 16 football match Shanghai SIPG against Jiangsu Suning FC in Nanjing, on May 31, 2017.

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.

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