Wayne Rooney is the clear favourite to replace Rafael Benitez and be the next permanent Everton manager, after the Spaniard was sacked on Sunday.
Defeat at Norwich City on Saturday proved the final straw for the Toffees board, dismissing Benitez with the club languishing down in 15th in the Premier League table.
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The former Liverpool manager was not given much money to spend in the summer, but nine defeats in the last 12 league games means there is little sympathy for him at Goodison Park, despite taking charge in difficult circumstances.
It’s going to be a tricky task for whoever takes over on the blue half of Merseyside, but the bookmakers reckon it will be handed to the relatively inexperienced Derby County manager.
Rooney has been impressive so far in charge of the Rams in even more arduous circumstances than Benitez had to deal with at Everton.
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Despite being hit with a 21-point deduction in the Championship, Derby have climbed off the bottom of the table and are just eight points from safety. Without the deduction they would be in the top half.
Also in contention to replace Benitez is another Everton icon in Duncan Ferguson, former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez and ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
Ferguson is expected to take temporary charge of the team, so has his chance to show that he is the right man for the job, starting with a home game against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.
Martinez is still Belgium manager, while Lampard has been out of work since leaving Chelsea last year.
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