Everton weigh up approach for Rooney as Lampard replacement shortlist is revealed

Everton legend Wayne Rooney shouts instructions to his players Credit: Alamy
Everton legend Wayne Rooney shouts instructions to his players Credit: Alamy

Premier League side Everton are weighing up the possibility of replacing Frank Lampard with DC United manager Wayne Rooney, according to reports.

The 4-1 loss to Brighton on Tuesday to leave Lampard’s job hanging by a thread and turn the atmosphere at Goodison Park toxic.

Everton have taken just five points from last ten Premier League matches under the Chelsea legend with the Toffees slipping into the relegation zone last night after Nottingham Forest won and West Ham got a point.

While Lampard remains in post for now, his stay is precarious considering the history of owner Farhad Moshiri, who has sacked five managers in almost seven years since becoming the majority shareholder.

Lampard’s record is worse than all of those – Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and, perhaps most damagingly, predecessor Rafael Benitez – averaging just 0.97 points per game.

He has won nine and lost 19 of the 36 Premier League matches for which he has been in charge since taking over last January and only Mike Walker, who was in charge for 31 matches in 10 months across two seasons in 1994, has a worse points-per-game record 0.87 (six wins, 16 defeats).

And The Metro claim that former Everton striker Rooney is on their ‘shortlist to replace under-fire manager’ Lampard as ‘defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday night would likely spell the end of a difficult 12-month spell on Merseyside’.

The newspaper adds that the Everton board are ‘lining up potential replacements’ for Lampard and insist that ‘his former England teammate Rooney high on their wanted list’.

Former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez – who recently left the Belgium national team after their World Cup exit – and former Burnley manager Sean Dyche are seen as other top candidates.

On Rooney, The Metro adds:

‘The current DC United manager spurned the opportunity to make an emotional return to his former club a year ago when Everton were searching for Rafa Benitez’s successor but may now feel the time is right to take a first managerial job in England.’

Speaking after their humiliating loss at home to Brighton, Lampard said: “It’s not time to go into dressing-room talk after a result like that. I’ve been there before and it’s about taking personal responsibility – every player and myself,” he said.

“We’re all in it together, it’s not a question of anger. We’re all disappointed, we all want to win games.

“That’s for us to get right. Manchester United comes in a few days.

“It’s about, ‘What can I do better?’ and as long as you do that and don’t look left or right at anyone else, that’s the only reaction you can have.

“I have seen enough on Saturday in terms of part of the performance and certain performances.

“What isn’t good enough is the consistency of the team to get results. The first half I didn’t hate but obviously the six minutes (in which they conceded three second-half goals) is not good enough from us and if you are going to perform like that and defensively then you are going to lose games.

“We have to fight for consistency, for sure.”

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