Rooney flattered by Everton links

Friday, 21 January, 2022 9comments  |  Jump to last
Wayne Rooney says that he is flattered to be mentioned in connection with the managerial vacancy at his boyhood club Everton but maintains there has been no contact yet.

The 36-year-old has been gaining plenty of attention over the past 12 months for his work in difficult circumstances at Derby County and is believed to be on a shortlist of candidates to replace Rafael Benitez as permanent manager at Goodison Park.

However, while few believe he would turn down the chance to manage the Blues if asked, Rooney insists that any approach would have to be made through the right channels.

"Of course Everton is a club I grew up supporting," he said in a press conference today.

"I'm flattered to get brought up in those conversations, but I know Everton know that to have any communication with me they have to go through the [Derby] administrators."  

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Tony Abrahams
1 Posted 21/01/2022 at 20:46:13
I haven’t really got a clue who is going to get the Everton job next, but if I was betting money on it, I think I’d go with Wayne Rooney.
Andy Crooks
2 Posted 21/01/2022 at 20:48:40
Tony, I think it is odds on.
Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 21/01/2022 at 20:56:22
He says hasn’t been approached, but he knows, Everton know, who they have to speak to first, if they eventually want to speak to him!

Joe O’Brien
4 Posted 21/01/2022 at 21:34:27
Would ye be in favour lads?
Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 21/01/2022 at 21:45:13
I’ve said before Joe, that I honestly think only someone who really knows the club, and the people that already exist inside the club, might have a chance of turning Everton around.

I keep thinking Ferguson might make the better manager, when I try and look for the pro’s & cons in this relationship, and I could imagine Rooney being fantastic on the training ground.

If Duncan, doesn’t get the job, I think the only way he could stay at Everton yet again, is if he goes into a managerial role alongside Wayne Rooney, and this is another reason why I’d be putting my money on him.

Tony Hill
6 Posted 21/01/2022 at 22:01:06
We haven't approached him. This emphatically isn't going to happen nor is Lampard. I've said on another thread, it's going to be Martinez (with whom the idiot Kenwright is obsessed) unless Ferguson can get it right.
Joe O’Brien
7 Posted 21/01/2022 at 22:53:44
Tony@5 yeah I get your thinking. My main concern with Dunc is his lack of management on his own. He needs to cut his teeth in the lower divisions, probably should have made that move a while back.
I think he was offered a job but turned it down? Rooney is for sure a gamble.. but with the names getting thrown about.. is a gamble that I'd be in favour for..but for it to work..Moshiri needs to take a big step back.
Ernie Baywood
8 Posted 21/01/2022 at 23:08:56
A blue, who has seen first hand how dysfunctional this club is, and had experience of then moving to a well run club, before experiencing management in a basket case club and being really well regarded.

He ticks a few boxes.

Inexperienced yes. But the experienced managers we'll get will typically already be failures.

Tony Twist
9 Posted 23/01/2022 at 17:44:19
Hard to tell if Rooney will be a good manager, nowhere near enough experience for this job; this is a challenge for the best managers. Passion and spirit is the base minimum, we need much more than that.

Once we are in the Championship, then bring Rooney in.

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