Reports, via the Daily Mail, have claimed that the former Manchester United man is on Farhad Moshiri’s shortlist of potential replacements for Lampard, who is under serious fire after overseeing an embarrassing 4-1 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion last time out.
The Toffees are without a win in all competitions since October and have just one point from their last five Premier League games, which have seen them drop into the relegation spaces in the top flight.
His previous spells with Derby County, where he failed to achieve promotion despite benefitting from quality loan signings such as Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, and Chelsea, where he was sacked in difficult circumstances, did little to suggest that he would be a success at Everton.
That has sadly proven to be the case and if the club does opt to sack the 44-year-old, then they need to look for an experienced manager as his replacement, rather than going down the wrong path once again.
Rooney’s first job in management also came at Derby County after a spell as a player there and while he did an admirable job in extremely tough circumstances, the Rams were ultimately relegated from the Championship, so there is nothing to suggest that he would avoid the same feat working in a tougher division.
The 37-year-old was linked with Everton at the time and talkSPORT journalist Simon Jordan made his feelings on the former England international clear, describing him as a managerial “minnow.”
Rooney would leave Derby after their relegation and made the somewhat strange decision to join former side D.C. United, where he has endured an awful start to life back in the MLS, overseeing nine defeats in his first 14 games as manager.
Any Everton move for Rooney would be dictated entirely by his playing reputation at Goodison Park, similar to Chelsea’s appointment of Lampard, and given what is at stake this season, it could prove to be a truly disastrous decision by the board to bring him back to Merseyside.