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Next Everton manager: FA Cup winner and local hero on shortlist as Toffees chiefs begin search for Lampard replacement

Everton boss Frank Lampard

Everton majority owner Farhad Moshiri is reportedly looking at potential managerial replacements for Frank Lampard, with an FA Cup winner and a local hero under consideration.

Lampard is under pressure at Goodison Park due to Everton’s poor form. They have won only three times from 18 Premier League games this season and sit in 18th place. And they have lost four out of their last five league matches, conceding 12 goals in that time.

They have had real trouble finding the back of the net, as only Nottingham Forest (13) and Wolves (11) have scored less than their 14 goals.

Lampard is hoping to rectify this issue in the January transfer window by landing a new striker. TEAMtalk understands Everton are in the mix to sign in-form Middlesbrough forward Chuba Akpom. However, Southampton are frontrunners to get him as things stand.

Lampard might not have enough time to solve Everton’s goalscoring problem anyway, as talkSPORT claim the former England midfielder is ‘on the verge of being sacked’.

Moshiri appears to be fed up with the poor performances and dropped points. The Sun claim he is actively looking for a new manager to take over. And a four-man shortlist has been drawn up.

Moshiri could complete a surprise reunion on Merseyside as it is claimed he is looking at re-appointing Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard guided Wigan to a surprise FA Cup triumph in 2013 and left to join Everton a month later.

Roberto Martinez being lined up by Everton officials

He managed three years at Everton before being sacked by Moshiri towards the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Martinez has since spent time working with the Belgium national team. While he has not managed to help their ‘Golden Generation’ win anything, clearly he has done enough to convince Moshiri on a potential Everton return.

Toffees supporters may prefer to see a local hero replace Lampard, in the form of Wayne Rooney. He came through the Everton academy before bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old back in 2002.

Rooney left for Manchester United in 2004, though he did return to Everton for a season in the latter stages of his playing career.

Wayne Rooney gets second Everton opportunity

The legendary former striker was viewed as the favourite to replace Rafa Benitez before Lampard took the job in January 2022. Ultimately, Rooney rejected Everton’s advances and stayed on at Derby. He is currently working as the head coach of MLS outfit DC United, though he could move back to Everton this time as Moshiri is considering appointing him.

And Rooney may once again be the favourite. That is because he has the right ‘personality’ to get Everton’s ‘disillusioned’ fans back on board, the report claims.

Martinez and Rooney are far from the only candidates in Moshiri’s sights. He is also eyeing up Sean Dyche.

The 51-year-old is a free agent following his Burnley sacking in April last year. Dyche’s stock remains high though, given the fact he managed to keep Burnley in the top flight for so long on such a limited budget.

He would certainly be a safe pair of hands as he knows exactly what is required to avoid relegation.

The final manager who could take over from Lampard at Everton is Ange Postecoglou. He became Celtic boss in June 2021 and has regularly been linked with a move to a Prem club.

Meanwhile, an Everton player could leave for Southampton after David Ornstein outlined the interest in him.