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Potter, Rooney & more: The 6-man shortlist to replace Rafael Benitez at Everton

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An insight into the leading candidates to take up the reins at Everton on the back of Rafael Benitez’s departure has been provided on Sunday afternoon.

Rafa dismissed

The news which the Toffees faithful had been anxiously awaiting was of course forthcoming a short time ago.

This came in the form of confirmation that manager Rafael Benitez had, amid long-standing calls, been sent on his way with immediate effect.

On the back of an alarming 2-1 defeat at Premier League basement dwellers Norwich City, a result which saw the club’s stretch of just a solitary win since all the way back in September extended, the Spaniard was understandably relieved of his duties on the Everton bench:

Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as First Team manager. 

Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the Club with immediate effect. 

An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.

Rooney amongst candidates

As alluded to in Everton’s official statement on the matter, the club intend to provide an update on their search for a new head coach ‘in due course’.

And, if the latest word stemming from the media on Sunday afternoon is anything to go by, then the board at Goodison Park appear to be wasting little time in getting this search underway.

As per a report from the reliable Alan Myers of Sky Sport, a list of six tacticians are currently under consideration to take over from Benitez on Merseyside.

The managers in question? Toffees assistant Duncan Ferguson, Brighton boss Graham Potter, ex-Everton man Roberto Martinez (currently in charge of the Belgian national team), free agent pair Rudi Garcia and Frank Lampard, and, perhaps most intriguingly, club legend Wayne Rooney, widely hailed for his efforts with Derby County thus far this season:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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1 Manchester City 36 72 89
2 Liverpool FC 36 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 36 11 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -3 50
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 -4 47
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16 Everton FC 35 -19 36
17 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
18 Leeds United 36 -38 34
19 Watford FC 36 -38 23
20 Norwich City 36 -56 21

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Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
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Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
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