Everton confirmed David Moyes would leave the club at the end of the season yesterday before Manchester United announced the Scot would succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
As Ferguson draws the curtain on 26-and-a-half-years with United, Moyes ends 11 years on Merseyside. But who will replace him?
Here are six possible successors...
The Spaniard, who interested Liverpool last summer, has won many admirers with his style of football at Wigan and his ability to work on a budget may appeal to the Goodison hierarchy. Impressed Everton fans in March when Wigan thrashed the Toffees 3-0 in the FA Cup.
The Celtic boss may feel he has done all he can in Scotland, especially with the loss of Old Firm games. Has European experience, having beaten Barcelona this season, which would appeal to the Toffees.
The 44-year-old has enjoyed two hugely-successful seasons since succeeding André Villas-Boas as Porto coach and is out of contract in the summer, which means Everton would not have to pay compensation. Unknown quantity in British football, however.
Winning a trophy in his first season in English football has only enhanced the Dane's reputation, having been lauded for his work with the Swansea side in the short term. Has managerial experience in four countries in addition to a glittering playing career.
The Toffees captain is scheduled to leave the club to extend his playing career but could possibly be tempted to stay if it was as manager, having turned down a job on the coaching staff. Will assist England Under-21s this summer but would be a leap of faith by the Everton board for a player frozen out since the Wigan aberration.
Hughes, a former Everton player, has already expressed his interest. Sacked by QPR in November, his appointment would likely be unpopular among the majority of fans angered by his comments when Joleon Lescott left for Manchester City in 2009.