Wayne Rooney Makes Damning Admission About Vacant Everton Job
- Wayne Rooney broke into professional football at Everton, making his debut at only 16 years back in 2002
- The former Manchester United man was considered to take over from Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park
- In a recent presser, however, Rooney disclosed he shut down the possibilities of holding an interview for the job early
Wayne Rooney apparently turned down the chance to be interviewed for the Everton job, according to stunning new reports.
The Toffees are on the lookout for a new manager after the dismissal of Rafa Benitez, with a number of candidates in line for the job.
Rooney was one of the names that was tossed in the rumour mill as far as replacing Benitez was concerned, but the former Manchester United forward says he shut down the chance almost immediately.
According to Rooney, who is currently in charge of the embattled Derby County, he was focused on his current job.
"Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the job," Rooney said on Friday as quoted by Express UK.
“I believe I will be a Premier League manager and am ready for that 100 per cent. But I have a job at Derby, which is important to me."
Rooney’s uphill task at Derby
With Derby County, Rooney has done an impressive job this season as he has managed eight victories and 11 draws - a run that has seen the club have a real chance at surviving relegation despite a 21-point reduction following financial breaches.
Notably, Derby were bottom of the table for much of the season but have now somehow moved to 23rd after leapfrogging Barnsley.
Derby would be in 15th place in the standings if the points deduction is taken out of the equation.
Lampard favourite to take over at Everton
As far as Benitez’s successor is concerned, Frank Lampard is suddenly a heavy favourite to take over at Goodison Park.
This comes after a huge wave of protests from Everton fans when it emerged that Portuguese Vitor Pereira had done well in his interviews for the job.
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.