Several bookmakers have stopped taking bets on who will be the next manager of Everton.

The Blues are still waiting to appoint their successor to Carlo Ancelotti, who left in sudden circumstances last week.

The Italian reunited with Real Madrid in what will be his second spell in the Spanish capital, leaving Everton looking for their sixth permanent manager in eight years.

Nuno Espirito Santo is now close to being named as the new manager at Goodison Park.

Everton's selection process for their new manager remains ongoing, but Santo is the firm favourite to land the job.

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The former Wolves boss is expected to hold further talks with the Blues in the coming days.

And the Portuguese coach - described as a ‘strong candidate’ by Goodison insiders - looks to be closing in on the job.

Amid these recent developments, many bookmakers have decided to stop taking bets altogether on who will be the one to replace Ancelotti.

Only William Hill and Boyle Sports are still taking bets, with both having Santo as the overwhelming odds-on favourite.

Santo left Wolves last month after four years in charge at Molineux, and was thought to be closing in on becoming the new Crystal Palace boss before a deal fell through at the eleventh hour.