Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are set to be interviewed for the vacant manager’s position at Everton following Rafa Benitez’s sacking, according to reports.
The Toffees relieved former Liverpool boss Benitez of his duties on Sunday with the club lying in 16th place and embroiled in a relegation battle after just one league win since the start of October.
Everton are now searching for a replacement manager with the likes of former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez and ex-Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac among the list of candidates.
Wayne Rooney (left) and Frank Lampard (right) will be interviewed by Everton, say reports
The Toffees are looking for a new manager after Rafa Benitez’s (above) sacking this month
And according to The Telegraph, former England team-mates Rooney and Lampard are on a shortlist of four names and both coaches will speak to Everton about the vacant role.
Former Everton midfielder Rooney, who came through the club’s academy and underwent two spells at Goodison Park as a first-team player, is currently at Championship club Derby who are in the relegation zone of the second tier.
The Rams were deducted 21 points earlier this season due to financial irregularities but Rooney has given the club a fighting chance of survival, winning four out of their last five league games to lift them up to 14 points.
Rooney (right) and Lampard (left) are former England team-mates but are both now coaches
Derby, however, are still eight points 21st-placed Reading in the lowest Championship safety spot having played a game more than the Royals – while the club also face the possibility of liquidation in just a fortnight’s time.
But Rooney, who is Manchester United and England’s all-time record goalscorer, could be offered a way out at Pride Park should he be handed the Everton role.
His former England team-mate Lampard, meanwhile, has been out of a job since being sacked by Chelsea 12 months ago.
The 43-year-old, who used to coach Derby, took the Blues into the Champions League in his first ever season as a Premier League manager but was sacked when the club were sitting in ninth place this time last year.
Rooney is currently in charge of Championship club Derby who run the risk of liquidation
Lampard has remained out of the game since then, with his only public appearance in football coming as a Euro 2020 pundit on England games for the BBC.
As Sportsmail revealed this week, talks to appoint former Toffees boss Martinez have stalled after the club failed to reach an agreement with the Belgian FA.
The Spaniard, who has been Belgium manager since 2016, has a £2million release clause in his contract and would bring Thierry Henry in as an assistant manager.
With Everton’s next game being a home league clash against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on Saturday, the Toffees are preparing Duncan Ferguson as a caretaker boss for that top-flight encounter.
Lampard (above) has been out of the game since his sacking at Chelsea this time last year
Everton are set to install Duncan Ferguson (left) as caretaker until a replacement is found
Ferguson was in charge for three league games after Marco Silva was sacked in December 2019 and sparked a revival in fortunes, with a 3-1 win over Chelsea, 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford and a 0-0 draw against Arsenal at Goodison Park.
It is expected that Ferguson will lead training at the club’s Finch Farm base on Tuesday and he has made it clear he would be happy to take on the role permanently. It is not clear, at this stage, whether Moshiri would be prepared to go that far.
Everton’s main business on Monday was clearing up the loose ends of Benitez’s departure and his backroom staff all followed the Spaniard out. They included assistant manager Paco de Miguel, first-team coach Antonio Gomez and Jamie Harley, the head of sports science. Cristian Fernandez, the fitness and conditioning coach, also exited.
Goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly, whose appointment predated Benitez, remains at the club.
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