By Daniel Feliciano

20th Jan, 2022 | 3:20pm

Fabio Cannavaro interviewed for vacant Everton manager role - report

Everton have interviewed World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro about the vacant managerial role at the club, according to The Telegraph.

The Toffees sacked Rafa Benitez last Sunday after defeat to Norwich and have installed Duncan Ferguson as interim manager for ‘upcoming games’.

Reports initially stated that Roberto Martinez was the ‘number one’ choice [talkSPORT], while Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney have been earmarked for interviews for the role [Telegraph] but it’s now been claimed that Cannavaro is in the frame too.

A report by The Telegraph states that Cannavaro has already been interviewed for the role and while it’s not clear if the shortlist will grow beyond himself, Lampard and Rooney, there are some sources claiming it could be a ‘choice between those three’.

Cannavaro has been out of a job since leaving Guangzhou FC in September 2021 and recently turned down the chance to coach the Poland national team ahead of the World Cup play-offs in March.

Intriguing option

While there is no doubting the pedigree of Cannavaro as a player, where he played for Juventus and Real Madrid as well as captaining his country to a World Cup and winning the Ballon d’Or in 2006, his managerial career is less glittering.

He has so far only managed in China and the Middle East and has no coaching experience in Europe.

He does however speak good English and has studied with Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Tottenham to learn more about the English game.

He would prioritise defensive solidity but his reputation would surely allow him to attract some good attacking players too if needed, but in a relegation battle defence is the most important thing.

Cannavaro would undoubtedly be a left-field option, but an intriguing one nonetheless, and rather than selecting from the obvious candidate list it might be the perfect move to go in a different direction.

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