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Odds slashed on former Everton star replacing Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park

Rafa Benitez lost his job at Everton on Sunday night

Wayne Rooney to make Everton return?

A second return to Everton may not be out of the realm of possibility for former academy graduate and star forward Wayne Rooney, after odds were slashed on him being the replacement for under-fire boss Rafa Benítez.

According to Oddschecker, Rooney was shortened from 14/1 to 5/1 yesterday to become the next manager at Goodison Park.

https://twitter.com/oddschecker/status/1466448490205265927?s=20

Such a move would constitute a massive leap for England’s all-time leading scorer and Premier League-era icon, as he currently sits on the touchline at Pride Park as headmaster of relegation-threatened and financially crippled Derby County.

Despite Rooney putting in a good account of himself in his current managerial role – one that sees the Rams boast the fourth-best defensive record (20 goals allowed) in the Championship, with only Fulham, Bournemouth, and West Brom shipping fewer goals (16) – Derby still sit at the bottom of the table after a series of points deductions due to their issues off the pitch and above Rooney. Without them, the club would be outside of the drop zone but still frustrated by a remarkable number of draws (10) in just twenty matches played this season.

Rafa Benítez remains underfire

Losing to your biggest rival is always a hard pill to swallow, but if you are Everton – or one of its supporters – getting put to the sword to the tune of a 4-1 drubbing by Liverpool stings more than can be put into words.

Such was the case last night when Rafa Benítez’s men became the third Premier League outfit in as many matches to surrender four goals to Jürgen Klopp’s rampant Reds, meaning the situation at Everton has grown precarious for the Spaniard.

Odds slashed on former Everton star replacing Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Everton gives their team instructions during the Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on September 25, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

At current, Everton sits joint-fourteenth in the Premier League table, and level on points (15) with Southampton and Leeds United after the mauling at Goodison Park; a position that is hardly good enough given how much the club has invested in recruitment over the last five or six seasons.

But despite Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri backing Benítez, claiming that he just needs more time, fans continue to voice their concerns on social media given the current state of affairs on the blue half of Merseyside, as the club continues to fall further away from its biggest rival.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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