Wayne Rooney and Everton ‘in contact’ over Derby boss replacing Rafa Benitez

Wayne Rooney would find it difficult to turn down a second return to Everton if approached to replace Rafa Benitez in the dugout.

Derby County's manager has remained loyal to the Rams despite their massive financial struggles and docked points in the Championship.

With a depleted squad, Rooney has still managed to keep Derby very competitive, earning him admirers in the game with his work off the pitch.

The Everton academy product is still held in high regard at Goodison Park, and he could even yet become the Toffees' next boss.

Ex-Liverpool manager Benitez is failing to win over supporters despite a bright start to the season.

Everton's style of football and their dismal results in recent weeks, off the back of a mounting injury list, have not done Benitez any favours.

Majority owner Farhad Moshiri is desperate for the Spaniard to succeed, but his position could soon become untenable if things get any worse.

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Should Everton be left in a situation where they need to bring in a replacement, Rooney looks likely to be considered for the role, either on a short-term or long-term basis.

The Sun say unofficial contact has been made between the club and Rooney over the prospect.

The 36-year-old has repeatedly insisted he will stay loyal to Derby.

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However, the Premier League job at his boyhood club would be hard to knock back.

Everton currently sit 14th in the table, but could drop further following their injury blows this week.

Star performers Richarlison and Andros Townsend have suffered calf and foot injuries respectively, meaning Benitez is without both as well as Seamus Coleman for the trip to European champions Chelsea on Thursday.

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