Wayne Rooney could make a return to the Premier League as the new Everton manager should Rafa Benitez get the axe.
The Toffees are currently struggling to stay afloat on the league table as they sit 14th. Everton have won just one out of their last 10 games and pressure is starting to mount on Benitez.
Naturally, there are doubts over the Spaniard’s future at Merseyside as the campaign heads into its second half. The continual dissatisfaction from the fans – some of whom were against the idea of his appointment to begin with – coupled with higher-ups who have started to express their doubts could mean a sacking could be on the cards should things fail to change.
In fact, according to the Sun, there have been unofficial communications between Rooney and the Merseyside outfit regarding taking the reigns at Goodison Park in the event of the former Liverpool boss’ sacking.
The Englishman is currently managing Derby County who had recently gone under administration. However, the former Manchester United superstar still remained adamant regarding staying with the Rams when the Newcastle United job was linked with him. Ultimately, Eddie Howe was chosen as Steve Bruce’s successor.
Deciding to stick with a cash-strapped team when he had an easy out is admirable. Which begs the question – would he abandon the Championship side this time around?
Majority owner Farhad Moshiri, on the other hand, is said to be desperate for the ex-Real Madrid manager to succeed despite the ongoing disastrous form. Having to unexpectedly move on from Carlo Ancelotti was likely difficult, so one cannot blame Moshiri for wanting some stability at the club.
Meanwhile, the Derby boss is a familiar face at Merseyside having already spent two spells as a player there. He would undoubtedly be welcomed happily by the supporters.