Wayne Rooney on Everton's Shortlist to Replace Under-Fire Frank Lampard as Manager
- World Soccer Today -
As rumors swirl about the future of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, it seems that Everton has placed former player Wayne Rooney on their shortlist to potentially take over as manager. The Toffees are reportedly also considering Roberto Martinez and Sean Dyche as potential replacements for Lampard, who is under fire due to the team's recent poor performances.
Rooney, who retired from professional football in 2019, has been making a name for himself as a coach in recent years. He spent two seasons as a player-coach at Derby County before taking over as the permanent manager of Championship side Hull City in 2021. While he was unable to guide Hull to promotion to the Premier League, he did earn praise for his work with the team and has been mentioned as a potential managerial candidate for several top clubs.
Martinez, who managed Everton from 2013 to 2016, is also reportedly on the shortlist. The Spaniard led the Toffees to a fifth place finish in the Premier League in his first season in charge, and guided the team to the quarter-finals of the Europa League in 2014. He has been out of management since being sacked by Belgium in 2019, but has been linked with a number of managerial positions in recent years.
Finally, Burnley manager Sean Dyche is also reportedly in the running for the Everton job. Dyche has been in charge at Burnley since 2012, leading the team to two promotions to the Premier League and establishing them as a solid mid-table side. He is known for his strong work ethic and commitment to developing young players, and would likely be a popular choice among Everton fans.
At this point, it is still unclear whether Lampard will be sacked or not, but it is clear that Everton are considering a number of high-profile candidates as potential replacements. Whether it is Rooney, Martinez, or Dyche, it will be interesting to see who the Toffees choose to take over as manager if a change is indeed made.