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Lampard to be named new Everton coach

Frank Lampard is set to take over the reigns at Everton after reaching an agreement with the club to replace sacked coach Rafa Benitez.

The club is expected to make the announcement after a decision was made following conversations with Frank Lampard, Vitor Pereira and Duncan Ferguson.

Lampard’s only Premier League coaching experience was with Chelsea where he was axed after a poor run of results 2021.

He also managed Derby County in the English Championship.

According to reports, he has lined up a very experienced backroom team to join him at Goodison Park and even cancelled a family trip abroad to attend the interview in person.

Everton hopes to complete the deal in time to beat Monday’s transfer deadline and are currently preparing contracts and final clauses to complete the appointment.

Wayne Rooney, a former Everton player was also a candidate but the Derby boss pulled out of the running for the job citing commitment to his current role.

Rooney said: “I believe I will be a Premier League manager. I believe I’m ready for that, 100%. And if that is with Everton one day in the future that would be absolutely great. But I’ve got a job here that I’m doing at Derby County which is an important job to me.”

He admitted he had to think long and hard about the offer. “They got in touch with my agent, my agent let the administrators know as well, and yes of course it was a difficult decision for me [to turn it down],” Rooney said.

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