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Wayne Rooney hints he could take Everton job

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Wayne Rooney has emerged as a leading candidate for the vacant manager position at Everton and has hinted he could take the job.

Wayne Rooney has hinted that he could take up the Everton managerial job if his boyhood club come calling.

The Derby County boss is one of three candidates shortlisted to replace Rafa Benitez, who was sacked last week. The former Manchester United and Everton man is reportedly leading the race and has refused to rule out a move to Merseyside.

“I’m the same as everyone else, I see the speculation on social media and in the newspapers and, of course, Everton is a club I grew up supporting,” said Rooney.

“I’m flattered to get brought up in those conversations, but I know Everton will know that for them to have any communication with me they have to go through the administrators.

“Everyone loves a fairytale, but from my point of view my focus is on the game tomorrow. It’s a massive game, it’s a local derby and I have to make sure I treat it with the utmost respect it deserves, and this club deserves.

“They haven’t come calling to the administrators, so I’m not letting anything distract me from the job I’m doing here. I understand the questions have to be asked, but there has been no communication [from Everton] with the administrators, so I can’t say much more on the matter.”

Meanwhile, Duncan Ferguson, who has been appointed interim boss for a second time, revealed his dream was to take permanent charge of The Toffees.

“I think maybe down the line, maybe one day. I’ll always dream about becoming Everton manager, but of course, I’ve not quite got that experience,” he said.

“My job at the moment is to take the upcoming games, steady the ship, and the club will go through a process identifying the new manager. We’re always looking for the best managers in the world, and I’m sure we’ll find that.”