Will Wayne Rooney Succeed at Everton and in the Premier League?

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James Budgen

Wayne Rooney the second favourite to return to Goodison Park

Wayne Rooney is now the second favourite to land the vacant managerial position at Everton with current interim manager Duncan Ferguson the favourite to secure the role after Rafa Benitez’s sacking.

Everton have been on an atrocious run over the past few years with managers, shown by the fact they have gone through five of them in the past five years, with each manager style very different and just not working out at all. For example, going from Ronald Koeman - who likes a possession style of football - to then appointing Sam Allardyce who likes his teams without the ball in a very rigid defensive structure, says more about the club than anything else.

Whilst going through these managers, the Toffees haven’t had a clear transfer policy. They keep buying players suited to their current manager, leaving the next head coach that takes over with a squad that is very unbalanced with signings from seven different managers.

What Rooney is experiencing at Derby County currently makes Everton look like a well-run club, which is more than alarming for Everon fans. The overspending under previous managers has moulded Rooney’s life as Derby gaffer, leading to him not only having to sell a lot of first team players, but also having to endure a season with a 21-point deduction.

How is he getting on with Derby?

Despite doing this job with two hands tied behind his back, Rooney is doing an incredible job and it's just about as good of a job as anybody is doing in England right now. The former England captain managed to keep Derby up on the final day of last season against the odds, and this season, despite having a 21-point deduction, he has been able to lift his team off the bottom of the table and are eight points off getting out of the relegation zone - it is simply astonishing to overturn that deficit.

The Derby squad at Rooney’s disposal is full of veterans and youth players who most don’t have the quality for the Championship, but what Rooney has done is be a team that focuses on defensive solidarity, conceding only 24 goals in 26 games, making them currently the fourth-best defence in the league. That's the fourth-best defensive team in England's second tier for a club that could well be liquidated in a matter of weeks.

Everton have had a lot of defensive struggles this season. Benitez was unable to find a consistent defensive unit, as he kept changing between a back five and a back four, changing the players without giving chance for increased cohesion.

If Rooney is able to replicate the defensive structure that has served him well at Derby, he will have the quality at Everton such as Ben Godfery and Yerry Mina, who have the ability to be further up the table than 16th.

All in all, if Rooney isn't considered by Everton, it would be criminal, because nobody in England has a tougher job right now and nobody is overachieving more than him.

What would he bring to Goodison Park?

What Rooney could bring to Everton is a sense of connection between the fans that was missing with Benitez, because in the stadium, the fans were not going to be patient with a former Liverpool manager. On the other hand, this isn't enough to just get the job outright.

With Rooney being a former player, and having supported the club since he was a child, it could bring a sense of connection between the fans and the club that lifts the players and allows for a patient rebuild which is much needed at Goodison Park.

The likely scenario is that Rooney stays with Derby until the end of the season, with him saying multiple times he doesn’t want to leave the club in the dark and will try everything to keep them up this season.

If Everton do want to keep Duncan Ferguson until the end of the season, he will help rebuild the connection between the players and the fans, and if Rooney does decide to leave Derby in the summer, he could be a great choice by the Everton board if they give him the time to build his own squad.

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