Everton stance on appointing Rooney revealed - sources

By Wayne Veysey

17th Jan, 2022 | 8:00am

Sources: Significant update on Everton potentially appointing Rooney

Everton have yet to make contact with Wayne Rooney about their manager position, Football Insider understands.

The Merseyside club are searching for a new boss following the Sunday (16 January) dismissal of Rafael Benitez and are sounding out potential candidates over the coming days.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that there has been no contact with Rooney’s camp at the time of writing.

The 36-year-old Derby County manager has been touted as a contender for the vacant post and what would be a sensational return to the club where the boyhood Blue began his career and returned for a second spell in his early 30s.

It is expected that Rooney would jump at the chance of another return to Goodison Park.

But Everton are assessing other more experienced candidates for the post.

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As revealed by Football Insider earlier on Monday, the club are lining up a move for Brighton manager Graham Potter and there is some interest in their former boss Roberto Martinez.

Rooney is leading Derby through a difficult period as the club continues to suffer financial problems.

Phil Jagielka had to leave the club last week and on 14 January the club announced the EFL have stopped Derby from signing players or offering contracts after administrators failed to prove the club have the funds to see out the season.

In total, Derby have suffered a 21-point deduction for their financial problems.

However, Rooney still has the side playing well and beating teams much higher up in the league.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over in-form Sheffield United leaves the club on 14 points, eight from safety.

Without the points deduction, Rooney’s side would be 11th and within touching distance of the play-offs.

In other news, one pundit has slammed “bad business” at Everton after a new signing was announced.