Everton are a club in flux at the moment, with pundits and fans alike wondering where they are set to turn next following the uninspiring and short-lived reign of Rafa Benitez.
The former Liverpool manager was always going to need to perform near-miracles in order to win around a fanbase that were sceptical of his appointment given some of his comments while in charge on the other side of Stanley Park at Anfield.
But the decision to sack Benitez after just a few short months must’ve been a relatively easy one with the Toffees languishing in 16th place with 19 games on the board in this Premier League season.
A 2-0 away defeat to struggling Norwich was the final nail in the coffin for the Spaniard, but the question remains, who will Everton turn to next?
The early favourite was former boss Roberto Martinez, but those rumours appear to have dissipated now with former Porto, Fenerbahce and Olympiakos boss Vitor Pereira now the odds-on favourite for the role.
But there are other options out there, including two former Toffees strikers in Wayne Rooney (currently of Derby) and Duncan Ferguson, who has taken up the role on an interim basis.
Vitor Pereira is the current favourite for the top job at Goodison Park. 53 year old is not a well-known name within English football, but he has been a title winner in Portugal with Porto, Greece with Olympiacos and China with Shanghai SIPG.
Having been sacked by Fenerbahce last month, the hiring of Pereira would be seen as a risky move, particularly with the Everton fanbase not exactly enamoured with owner Farhad Moshiri at the moment. If the odds are anything to go by however, he could be installed as the Toffees’ manager in the coming days.
It wouldn’t be a Premier League managerial vacancy if Frank Lampard wasn’t included in the running. The former Chelsea player and manager has been priced for several jobs since leaving Stamford Bridge just over a year ago, including Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Newcastle United.
Lampard’s trust in youth could make him an interesting fit for a club that has a fine track record of producing young talent, but question marks over his suitability for a top job remain given the lack of consistency that Chelsea suffered from during his spell in charge.
This particular vacancy may have arrived slightly too early for Wayne Rooney, but there is a sense of inevitability about him potentially taking charge of Everton as manager in the future given his long-standing connection to the club as a player and supporter.
Currently, the former England skipper is doing a fine job of battling against the odds while in charge of Derby County who, despite financial restrictions and a points deduction, have lost just seven of their 26 Championship games so far this term.
Another legendary striker at Goodison Park, Duncan Ferguson is currently in temporary charge following Benitez’s departure, a job he did to great effect in 2019, leading the side to draws with Arsenal and Manchester United and a win over Chelsea before the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti.
During that interim spell in charge, Ferguson repeated to the press that he lacked the experience required to take the job on a permanent basis, but could his mind have been changed since then given the disappointing reign of the very experienced Benitez?