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Rooney ‘favourite’ to take over at Everton with Lampard on brink after thrashing

Wayne Rooney is the bookies' favourite to takeover from bumbling Frank Lampard at Everton after they were thrashed 4-1 by Brighton on Tuesday night.

The Seagulls fired four past a hapless Everton side, who could only pull one consolation goal back in stoppage time through Demarai Gray. And the disastrous result leaves the Toffees sitting in 16th place in the Premier League with 15 points, looming perilously above the relegation zone, and just two points off the foot of the table.

To make matters worse for Lampard, the Toffees have failed to win in their last 11 matches, with their last victory coming at the start of October last year. Fans were baying for his blood after the Toffees' dismal defeat to Wolves on Boxing Day, and the latest debacle at Goodison Park tonight has only strengthened the calls for Lampard to go.

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And according to Betfair, the Everton faithful's wish is set to come true as Wayne Rooney is leading the race to oust Lampard from the Toffees' dugout. The betting giants have the DC United manager at evens to replace Lampard following the defeat to Brighton.

Rooney has close ties to Everton where got his break as a player, and he was linked to the manager vacancy along with Lampard when Rafa Benitez got the sack.

But he faces competition from former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez who's also in contention for the role.

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Betfair have Martinez, who's available after failing to lead Belgium's 'golden generation' to glory at the Qatar World Cup, at 13/2 odds, along with ex-Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

The aforementioned pair are closely followed by ex-Leeds boss Marco Bielsa. Then, Betfair fancy Celtic head coach Ange Postecoglou, and former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino for the job. A few more names such as Everton legend Duncan Ferguson (16/1) and another ex-Toffees boss David Moyes (18/1) who now leads West Ham comprise the list. As does Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers (20/1) and Lampard's former Chelsea pal John Terry who comes in as an outsider at 25/1.

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Everton’s humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Brighton stretched their winless run to seven games as pressure mounts on manager Frank Lampard.

"Looking at who could replace him, Wayne Rooney is the 11/8 favourite to return to Goodison Park, with Sean Dyche 5/1, David Moyes 6/1 and Roberto Martinez 7/1. Elsewhere, Marcelo Bielsa is 12/1 to succeed Lampard, while Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is 14/1.”

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