Everton: Journalist identifies Wayne Rooney as ideal Lampard successor

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Everton could go for ‘someone like’ Wayne Rooney to replace Frank Lampard should the Premier League manager depart, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Toffees are in the relegation zone after a poor run of form, securing just one win from their last eight top-flight games, and with no signs of improvement, Lampard is currently a man under a significant amount of pressure.

Following the latest 2-1 defeat to Southampton, supporters confronted Yerry Mina in the streets outside Goodison Park for answers, and this level of frustration could soon convince Farhad Moshiri that it’s time to make a change in the dugout.

Asked by GiveMeSport for an update on Everton’s current managerial stance, Jones claimed that Lampard could soon be given the sack and name-checked a few candidates that the owner could turn to, with one in particular sounding like a favourite.

“Ultimately, are Everton going to get a Mauricio Pochettino or Thomas Tuchel right now? I don’t think so.

“Realistically, it leads you to be like, do they go down the path of a Sean Dyche character, somebody that could probably keep you in this league but won’t necessarily be playing the most attractive football, but does have a clear identity and clear expectation of what he expects from his players.

“There’s also the flip side of that, where you go down the emotional route, getting someone like Wayne Rooney, who could lead this team to safety and to [a] better time. That would be in a different way, without too much assurance of how it was going to pan out long term.”

TIF thoughts on Rooney to Everton…

Rooney has been praised for the ‘stunning’ job he did at Derby County by journalist Josh Bunting, but whilst he has a strong affiliation with Everton, he wouldn’t be the right man to take over.

The DC United boss has lost 47 of his 98 matches in charge throughout his managerial career and averages just 1.07 points per match (Transfermarkt).

The 37 year-old also has no experience coaching in the Premier League, so this appointment would surely be too much of a risk given the serious danger the club find themselves in.

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