By Beck Pascal

21st Jan, 2022 | 3:07pm

Wayne Rooney gives honest assessment of Everton manager rumours

Derby boss Wayne Rooney has confirmed there has been no contact made by Everton in their hunt for a new manager. 

Rooney is among the favourites to replace Rafa Benitez with the former Blues striker set for an interview as per The Telegraph [18 January].

The Croxteth-born manager said it would be a ‘fairytale’ to return to his boyhood club.

“I’m flattered to get brought up in those conversations, but I know Everton will know that for them to have any communication with me they have to go through the administrators,” he told Sky Sports.

“Everyone loves a fairy-tale, but from my point of view my focus is on the game tomorrow. It’s a massive game, it’s a local derby and I have to make sure I treat it with the utmost respect it deserves, and this club deserves.

“They haven’t come calling to the administrators, so I’m not letting anything distract me from the job I’m doing here. I understand the questions have to be asked, but there has been no communication [from Everton] with the administrators, so I can’t say much more on the matter.”

Long term solution

Rooney is doing a great job at Derby and would relish the chance to step up to the Premier League already. 

The Toffees should be careful though and learn from Chelsea’s mistake of hiring Frank Lampard after a very similar successful spell at Derby that came quite early in his managerial career. 

The 36-year-old will find the Everton job hard to turn down with the brilliance he has shown so far in the Championship potentially fast-tracking his appointment. 

It does seem early for the former Blue, but the club have tried almost everything since the departure of David Moyes and have found no success.

He is somebody who optimises Everton Football Club and has their genuine best interest close to his heart. His experiences at Goodison Park as a player and the great potential he has displayed so far could put him in good stead for the job. 

If the appointment is made, Farhad Moshiri and co need to be patient – that is essential. Nobody is going to come and fix the mess the Toffees are in straight away, but Rooney is someone who can come in and develop with the club and bring them into their new era. 

In other Blues news, Anichebe names Ferguson and Baines to replace Benitez at Everton.