Date: 19th January 2022 at 6:00pm
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Everton are set to interview two former Premier League stars as part of their search for a successor to Rafa Benitez, who was sacked over the weekend.

The Spaniard was relieved of his duties after a poor run of results, with a 2-1 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday proving to be the former Liverpool man’s final game in charge of the Toffees.

Having won just seven of the 22 games he was in charge for, Benitez leaves the Toffees sitting precariously in 16th place in the Premier League, just six points above the relegation zone.

Duncan Ferguson has stepped up from a coaching role to take the job on a temporary caretaker basis, while the board search for a new manager.

Now, the Merseyside club are reportedly lining up both Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney as potential successors to the Spaniard.

As per The Telegraph, the former England internationals are both set to be interviewed for the role in the coming days.

Lampard guided Chelsea to the FA Cup final in 2020

Rooney has received high praise for his success since taking over at Derby County, with the Rams having moved off the bottom of the Championship table over the weekend despite starting the season with a 21 point deduction.

The former Manchester United striker started and finished his career in English football with the Toffees, and would likely be a popular appointment among the Goodison Park faithful.

Lampard, meanwhile, has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in January 2021.

The former Blues midfielder also previously spent time with Derby, guiding them to the Championship play-off final during the 2018-19 season, before departing to take over his former side.

The duo are believed to be part of a four man shortlist, with Everton keen to appoint a successor to Benitez as soon as possible.

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