Berbatov gives Everton next manager a familiar face under pressure from Benitez – .

Berbatov gives Everton next manager a familiar face under pressure from Benitez – .

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Wayne Rooney is proving himself as Derby County manager and could be Everton’s next boss.
The Toffees may be looking for a new manager soon with increasing pressure on Rafael Benitez. The Merseysiders suffered a terrible streak of results and slipped to 14th place in the elite standings. It is a far cry from the start of the season when Benitez’s controversial appointment was masked by decent results.

This is now all over amid reports fans will set up a five-minute outing in Monday’s home clash with Arsenal. There have been mixed messages about Benitez’s future.

Owner Farhad Moshiri backed the Spaniard on Thursday and suggested he would not be fired. But a report released Friday claimed that President Bill Kenwright called an emergency board meeting for Friday night.

Whatever happens, the former Liverpool boss knows he has to start winning games or he will be out. Rooney started his career at Goodison Park before moving to Manchester United.

He returned to Everton for a season before moving to the United States with DC United. The former England ace joined Derby as a player-coach in the summer of 2019, alongside Phillip Cocu.

The Dutchman’s sacking eventually saw Rooney take the reins himself, but he had to contend with issues off the pitch at Pride Park.

The nightmare worsens for Rooney

The Rams received a 12 point deduction on September 22 of this year after entering administration. And in November, they were hit with another nine point deduction after admitting to breaking EFL accounting rules.

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They are last in the championship and 19 points from safety. Relegation seems inevitable but Rooney was praised for his loyalty to the club.

Berbatov is a fan and sees no reason for his former teammate not to manage Everton.

“Rooney is doing very well at Derby despite all the problems off the pitch,” he wrote on Betfair, for GOODBYE. “He had a taste for management, he knows what it entails and I’m sure he will think of a future in the Premier League.

“He’s building his way and I’m sure he’ll be Premier League coach soon and Everton could be the next step for him. “

Rooney has made it clear he will be a lifelong Everton fan when he first signed for the club. And, although he left the ship for Old Trafford after two years, the ex-striker could still have a major influence on the club.

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