Everton manager shortlist ‘down to three’ as Fabio Cannavaro ‘interviews well’

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Everton’s shortlist for their next manager has reportedly been trimmed to three candidates after Italian football icon Fabio Cannavaro apparently interviewed well. The Toffees are hoping to appoint Rafa Benitez’s appointment soon and might turn to Cannavaro following an impressive audition. 

Benitez was sacked on Sunday after overseeing a disastrous run of form. Everton had won only one of their last 13 matches under the Spaniard.  

A 2-1 defeat by relegation favourites Norwich compounded the poor form and saw Benitez head for the exit.  

The 61-year-old had failed to win over the Goodison Park faithful. That he is a former Liverpool boss and a legendary figure at Anfield meant that he was already at a disadvantage.  

It also means that Everton must get their next appointment correct.  

And it seems that their recruitment process is well underway with interviews already happening. 

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According to the Daily Telegraph, former Real Madrid and Inter Milan defender Cannavaro has put forward his ideas to the Everton board and did so well that the club’s shortlist has been trimmed to three names.  

Crucially, Cannavaro speaks good English. That has been evidenced by his punditry appearances on national television at international tournaments. 

The 48-year-old is supposedly on a three-man shortlist alongside England icons Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney.  

Lampard has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea 12 months ago. 

The former midfielder’s reputation remains intact despite his dismissal. He secured a top-four finish during his first campaign with a transfer ban looming over Stamford Bridge.  

Lampard also guided Derby County to the Championship play-offs in 2018-19.  

It is at Derby where former Everton star Rooney is currently manager. The Rams have been ravaged by financial issues, are in administration and have been threatened with a revoked membership from the Football League.  

They have been deducted 21 points this term, although Rooney’s fine work sees them now only eight points from safety in the Championship. 

The former Three Lions striker has been linked with a departure, though, and a switch to Everton could be the next step in his fledgling career. 

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In mid-December, Rooney was asked if he had seen reports linking him to Everton. “I don’t think I could have missed them, to be honest!” he quipped. 

“I obviously came up through Everton ‘s academy, [I’m an] Everton fan, but I see the reports and I have had no communication with Everton Football Club. 

“As far as I am aware they have got a manager in place, so for me to discuss anything like that, it’s not my place to do that. As I have said I am committed to this club. 

“I’ve had no conversations with Everton Football Club regarding the manager’s job so it’s not even something I’m thinking about.”
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