Wayne Rooney 'is on Everton's shortlist if Frank Lampard is sacked'

Wayne Rooney ‘is on Everton’s shortlist to become their new manager if they sack under-pressure Frank Lampard’ – one year after he ‘rejected’ the chance to be interviewed for the role as Rafa Benitez’s replacement

  • Frank Lampard’s job is under threat after Everton’s heavy defeat by Brighton 
  • Wayne Rooney is reportedly in the running should Everton sack their manager 
  • Sean Dyche and Roberto Martinez are also believed to be on Everton’s shortlist
  • Rooney turned down the chance to get interviewed for the position last year 

Wayne Rooney could reportedly get a second shot at becoming Everton manager should the Toffees sack Frank Lampard.

The former Everton player revealed in January last year that he turned down the chance to replace Rafael Benitez in the dug-out while he was managing Derby County.

It has now been reported by the Sun, that Rooney is on owner Farhad Moshiri’s shortlist should they sack the D.C. United manager’s former England team-mate Lampard after their recent poor run of form.

Former Everton player Wayne Rooney could return to the club if Frank Lampard is sacked

The Toffees are in the relegation zone with just 15 points out of their 18 Premier League games so far this season.

Tuesday’s heavy 4-1 defeat at home to Brighton piled the pressure on Lampard whose side have lost eight of their last 11 fixtures in all competitions.

As previously reported, Lampard has been given a reprieve as he will take charge of their FA Cup tie with Manchester United on Friday – though his long-term future continues to be shrouded in doubt.

Moshiri’s list of potential candidates should he decide to sack Lampard also includes Sean Dyche and former Everton manager Roberto Martinez. 

Lampard’s position has become increasingly under threat after Everton’s 4-1 loss to Brighton

Dyche has been out of work since he was sacked by Burnley in April, while Martinez – who recently left the Belgium job – was at Goodison Park from June 2013 to May 2016.

Rooney is the surprising name on the shortlist, particularly after he turned his former side down last year.

In a press conference while he was at Derby, Rooney admitted: ‘They approached my agent and asked me to interview for the job which I turned down.

D.C. United boss Rooney turned down the chance to get interviewed by Everton job last year

‘I believe I will be a Premier League manager and that I’m ready for that, and if that’s with Everton in future that would be great.

‘It was a very difficult decision but I’ve got a job here at Derby which is important to me.’

Rooney resigned as Derby manager in June after the club spent almost the entire 2021-22 season in administration, before joining D.C. United who he spent a brief time as a player with. 

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