Rafa Benitez’s tenure as Everton manager will be brought to an end before their next match against Aston Villa this weekend, say The Athletic. Benitez’s six-month reign will end in miserable fashion after a Premier League loss to bottom-of-the-league Norwich, which means the Toffees have lost nine of their last 13 top-flight matches.
Express Sport looks at four potential options to replace Benitez, with club legend Duncan Ferguson tipped by 90min to act as interim manager until a more permanent replacement is picked out.
Lampard has been out of a job since leaving Chelsea almost exactly 12 months ago but has been linked with a whole host of Premier League roles, including Everton in the summer before Benitez was appointed.
The 43-year-old did credibly at both Derby County and Chelsea, taking the Rams to the Championship play-off final and then finishing in the top four with the Blues despite a transfer ban.
Despite being axed at Stamford Bridge, Lampard is a young manager with a preference for attack-minded football and also a point to prove in the top flight. Everton may think he has the potential to oversee a long-term project and build a new-look side at Goodison Park.
One of the biggest successes of Lampard’s time at Chelsea was the progress made by several academy talents, and there is an abundance of talent in the Everton youth teams who could benefit if he replaced Benitez.