Everton sacked Rafael Benitez as manager on Sunday following their 2-1 loss to Norwich City in the Premier League, thus bringing an end to his six-month reign at the club. Under the Spaniard, Everton started the season brightly but they have struggled in the recent past, losing nine of their last 13 games, which sees them currently placed 16th in the Premier League table.
As per reports, club legend, Duncan Ferguson is set to act as the interim manager until a permanent replacement is found and here, we take a look at some of the candidates who could become Everton's next manager.
1. Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez is understood to be the owners number one choice considering that he knows the club as he was the manager between 2013 to 2016.
However, the Spaniard is currently in charge of the Belgium national team and has in the past confirmed that he plans to lead them to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar - which would make it extremely difficult for the club to prise him away from his current role.
2. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is doing a brilliant job at Derby County, who started the Championship season with a 21-point deduction but now have a genuine chance of avoiding demotion to League One.
Derby were sitting at rock bottom of the Championship when he took charge but after a turbulent spell, he eventually guided them to safety. It was reported that he was willing to take the Newcastle job had it been offered to him and considering that he is a club legend, his appointment would certainly be a romantic one.
3. Graham Potter
Graham Potter of Brighton is considered as one of the most exciting managers outside of the top six clubs, with it being understood that his style of possession-based attacking football could help make Everton a more enterprising team.
It would be interesting to see whether the club management can convince him to leave Brighton to oversee the significant rebuild needed with them.
4. Frank Lampard
While things went downhill in his second season with Chelsea, Frank Lampard did lead the Blues to a top-four finish and an FA Cup final in his first season with them.
Over the last year or so, the England legend has been linked with the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Norwich City but failed to reach an agreement with them.
The former Blues star could be willing to takeover an Everton side which needs rebuilding and look to mould it in his style.