Derby County Manager Wayne Rooney mentioned on Friday he turned down the prospect to be interviewed by Everton to stick with the financially stricken Championship membership. The former England and Manchester United captain had two spells along with his boyhood membership Everton as a participant. However, the lure of a return to Goodison Park was not sufficient for Rooney to surrender on the problem of conserving the Rams within the second tier of English soccer regardless of a 21-point deduction as a result of monetary issues. Derby are second backside of the Championship, however simply eight factors adrift of security.
“Everton approached my agent and asked me to interview for the vacant job, which I turned down,” Rooney informed a press convention.
“I believe I will be a Premier League manager. I believe I’m ready for that, 100 per cent. And if that is with Everton one day in the future that would be absolutely great.
“But I’ve obtained a job right here that I’m doing at Derby County which is a crucial job to me.”
Derby went into administration in September and there remain fears the club may not have the funds to fulfill their fixtures for the rest of the season.
On Thursday, the English Football League (EFL) handed the club’s administrators a one-month extension to be able to provide proof of funding.
Rooney’s reluctance to return to Everton is also a reflection on the state of affairs at the Premier League club.
The Toffees are four points clear of the relegation zone after a dismal run of just one win in 14 league games.
Rafael Benitez, who had been a deeply unpopular appointment due to his history as a former Liverpool manager, was sacked by Everton earlier this month.
Fans protested after last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa and throughout this week outside Goodison Park.
Rooney’s former England team-mate Frank Lampard is now the leading candidate for the job after supporters voiced their opposition to the prospect of Vitor Pereira taking over.
Pereira has won league titles in Portugal, Greece and China, but he is deemed a risky appointment given his lack of experience in English football.
Objections to Pereira’s appointment are also rooted in resentment at agent Kia Joorabchian’s reported influence on key decisions made by Everton owner Farhad Moshiri.
“I feel these critics aren’t directed at me. It is the setting now because the membership will not be in a great place and the supporters are passionate,” Pereira told Sky Sports.
“But I perceive the emotions of the supporters as a result of, in the previous couple of years, the membership did not get good outcomes and it’s regular they aren’t glad.”
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