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Wayne Rooney rejects Everton manager’s interview, says he’s 100% ready for Premier League

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Wayne Rooney rejects Everton manager’s interview, says he’s 100% ready for Premier League

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Wayne Rooney has rejected an opportunity to return to his Everton roots, with the current Derby County boss revealing he had turned down the offer of an interview with the Toffees.

A successor to Rafa Benitez is wanted at Goodison Park, after the former Liverpool manager was sacked on January 16.

Club legend Rooney was immediately mooted as the main candidate to take the reins at Merseyside, but the former England captain says he is fully committed to his role with the Rams.

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What did Rooney say about Everton?

Rooney told reporters when asked if he had been contacted by the Toffees: “Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the job. But I turned it down. I believe I will be a Premier League manager and I am 100% ready for that, but I have a job at Derby which is important to me.

It’s a shocking revelation, as Rooney’s links with the club and his work at Derby County both indicated he would be a logical and sensible choice.

For Rooney to declare he is ready to manage in the Premier League and then refuse Everton is a strong condemnation of the Toffees, their current managerial position and owner Farhad Moshiri who has taken a lot of heat for the publicly protracted nature of this search. of management. .

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It is also a sign of commitment to Derby County, which is mired in a financial crisis. The Rams, who have contested promotion to the Premier League under Rooney each of the past two years, are currently in a relegation position in the Championship thanks to a massive deduction to enter administration.

Why is Rooney a legend at Everton?

The Croxteth native graduated from Everton’s academy system to make an astonishing impact at senior level while still a teenager.

A memorable effort against Arsenal saw him open his Premier League goalscoring tally, with 17 efforts recorded in 77 appearances during a first spell at Goodison Park.

Rooney left for Manchester United in 2004 and spent a record 13 years at Old Trafford, becoming the Red Devils’ all-time top scorer and a man with Premier League and Champions League winners’ medals to his name .

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He returned to Everton in 2017 but only lasted one season before moving to MLS and joining DC United.

Steps were traced back to England when he arrived at Derby as a player-manager in 2019, with an appointment as the club’s permanent manager in January 2021.

He’s had a baptism of fire in professional management, with the Rams stung with a 21-point deduction this season as the club’s very existence hangs in the balance, but his stock has soared while pulling everyone out. through the test times and delivering positive results on the domain.

Who else is linked to Everton?

With Rooney out of the running, the Toffees must now turn their attention elsewhere.

Duncan Ferguson has been placed in charge of the club for the second time and could be considered for a full-time role if no alternative can be found and performance begins to improve.

Frank Lampard has however emerged as a strong favorite to take over at Goodison Park, another former England international looking to return to the dugout for the first time since being sacked by Chelsea in January 2021.

Vitor Pereira is also a favorite for the job, which he confirmed in an interview with Sky Sports during the international break.

Wayne Rooney rejects Everton manager’s interview, says he’s 100% ready for Premier League

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