Wayne Rooney, Martinez and Dyche are among the candidates for Everton’s new manager (if Frank Lampard is sacked)

Wayne Rooney could be giv­en a sec­ond chance at Ever­ton as Frank Lam­pard’s future is in jeopardy.

The for­mer Good­i­son prodi­gy is one of man­ag­er Fahad Mosir­i’s list of pos­si­ble replace­ments for Lam­pard after Tues­day’s 4–1 humil­i­a­tion at home to Brighton.

The Tof­fees are 18th in the stand­ings, in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, with 15 points, just three points off the bot­tom of the table.

Rooney, who has played for Ever­ton twice, is being con­sid­ered along­side for­mer Bel­gium man­ag­er Rober­to Martinez.

The Spaniard is the first of five man­agers to be sacked after Mosir start­ed buy­ing a 94% stake in the club in 2016.

Sean Dyche, who has been unem­ployed since being sacked by Burn­ley nine months ago, and Celtic for­ward Ange Postecoglu have been men­tioned as oth­er options.

But Rooney, now DC Unit­ed man­ag­er, knows that Mosiri and chair­man Bill Ken­wright are peo­ple who can help moti­vate fans dis­il­lu­sioned with the club.

Rooney is said to have had talks with Ken Wright 12 months ago when he tried to pre­vent Der­by from being rel­e­gat­ed to the Pre­mier League.

Lam­pard is fight­ing to defend his job after a mas­sive walk­out by Tof­fees fans dur­ing their loss to Brighton.

He will remain in charge for Fri­day’s FA Cup third round clash against Man­ches­ter United.

But the pres­sure is great, and if you make a big mis­take, you can pay a big price.

Ever­ton are again in trou­ble after Aston Vil­la refused to sign strik­er Dan­ny Ings on loan.

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