- Everton initially considered bringing back Roberto Martinez, currently with the Belgium national team
- But the Spaniard is unwilling to leave his international job, particularly because it is a World Cup year
- Vitor Pereira was a leading contender to succeed Rafa Benitez but Everton fans remain unconvinced about the Portuguese
- Pereira has been out of work since leaving Fernaberce in December 2021
- Despite already doing an interview with the club, Frank Lampard has emerged as a surprise leading contender for the job
Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has emerged as a shock favourite to take over at Everton in stunning new developments.
The latest twist comes amid a huge wave of protest from Everton fans over the potential appointment of Portuguese Vitor Pereira.
Pereira reportedly did extremely well in the interviews and was on the verge of being appointed, but Everton fans are said to be discontent with the former Fenerbahçe boss.
After a toxic reaction from Everton fans, Lampard has now emerged as a leading candidate for the job.
Wayne Rooney, currently at Derby County, was also considered for the job but at the moment, the former Man United striker is not at the forefront in the race.
While Pereira was Farhad Moshiri’S first choice to succeed Rafa Benitez, the club’s bosses are growing increasingly concerned about the discontent in the fan base.
Lampard is suddenly a strong favourite because the Englishman will likely bring the uniting factor among the fans.
In his first full season at Chelsea, Lampard reached the FA Cup final and guided the Blues to a fourth place finish before being sacked in January 2021.
Everton and Pereira tried to appease the disgruntled fans by conducting a TV interview with the Portuguese where he detailed his talks with Everton’s power brokers as well as his plans once he was appointed, but that did little to convince the fanbase.
The Merseyside club are currently facing a real possibility of dropping to the dreaded relegation zone, and their latest defeat to Aston Villa only seemed to aggravate the fans more.
With only one win in 14 league games, Everton find themselves a mere four points off the bottom three.
Watford appoint Roy Hodgson
Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Watford confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson, barely 48 hours after the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri.
Hodgson will be the Hornets boss until the end of the season and all parties will assess the former England boss’s future at the end of the current campaign.