By Joe Ellis

19th Jan, 2022 | 8:10pm

Athletic journo says Rooney would be 'chewed up and spat out' at Everton

Derby County manager and former Everton youth player Wayne Rooney has been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Goodison Park.

He is among a number of names to have reportedly been approached for the role since Rafael Benitez’s sacking on Sunday (16 January).

There are question marks over Rooney’s credentials though despite the great job he is doing with Derby in such testing circumstances.

The Atheltic’s Greg O’Keeffe is one who thinks the Everton job would come too soon for Rooney, speaking on the All Together Now podcast.

“I feel strongly that Rooney would be a bad idea,” O’Keeffe said, as transcribed by This is Futbol.

“I’ve got some admiration and respect for what he’s doing at Derby in difficult circumstances, and clearly, he looks like he’s got a good managerial career ahead of him.

“But at this stage in that career, I think he would get chewed up and spat out by Everton.”

Don’t rush

This next appointment is absolutely crucial for Everton and they can’t afford to rush into signing a deal with anyone no matter how experienced or successful.

While Rooney has done remarkably well at Pride Park, leading the Rams to just eight points off safety having had 21 points deducted this season and virtually no chance to sign players, he is still in the very early stages of his off-pitch career.

With Derby not being able to sign any players, we are yet to see if Rooney could spend a big transfer budget wisely and if he could handle the pressure cooker environment of being a manager in the Premier League.

His playing achievements suggest that it won’t be an issue of pressure getting to him as England’s all-time leading goal scorer but being a manager is a whole other kettle of fish.

Duncan Ferguson is in caretaker charge and he should be more than capable enough to keep Everton afloat this season after which they can look to the future and find their next boss, maybe it will be Ferguson.

Rooney himself probably wants to stay at Derby anyway given they are the in-form team in the Championship and on the brink of something very special in the face of adversity.

In other Everton news, Paul Joyce has reported of another English footballing legend who could take the hot seat at Goodison Park.