Everton have confirmed that they have sacked their manager Rafa Benitez this afternoon after simply 6 months in charge.

The Spaniard conceded his tenth defeat in the Premier League yesterday when the side lost to bottom of the league, Norwich City, and already names are being thrown into the hat for the next manager to handle the obstacle at Goodison Park.

What’s the word?

Sky Sports reporter, Ben Ransom, has named 3 supervisors that are speculated to take control of at the club live from the Everton training ground this afternoon, with Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Roberto Martinez all being named as potential suitors.

“Obviously, Wayne Rooney has actually been connected quickly, provided the relative success he’s managing to have at Derby.”

“Frank Lampard, out of work, his name is constantly discussed when a Premier League task comes around.”

“I know that, here at Everton, there are still a great deal of admirers for Roberto Martinez, he remained in the frame when Benitez was provided this job in the summertime.”

Everton released a declaration this afternoon verifying that a permanent replacement will be made in due course.

Fans will be buzzing

It’s safe to say fans will be buzzing that Benitez has been sacked with instant result, with protests planned, banners flown and even tries to get to the manager in the dugout all being displayed by the Toffees fans over the course of this season.

Rooney is a clear fan favourite for the task, with numerous fans taking to social networks to share their thoughts on appointing the Derby manager, one fan commented:

“This was always going to end in tears, I believe the next @Everton manager ought to be the man who’s worked marvels @dcfcofficial in challenging situations and is a bonafide Toffees legend, the one and just @WayneRooney.”

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As a result, they are presently six points shy of the relegation zone, with a big U-turn needed immediately for the club to have their season conserved, so there will be huge pressure to make an immediate impact for the new manager.

Rooney lacks experience but he has actually already shown at Derby that he’s capable of reviving a club in distressed waters. With the Rams, he is providing them with a hope of Championship survival in spite of a haul of 21 points being subtracted. They are now off the bottom, however, on a five-match unbeaten streak. He has worked marvels and it would take something comparable to wake the Toffees from their rest. Possibly he is the man to do so, for that reason.

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