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Wayne Rooney, Sean Dyche and Marcelo Bielsa are among Everton’s leadership candidates

Everton are looking for a new manager after Frank Lampard was sacked less than a year after his appointment.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the candidates for the job.

Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa was a hero at Leeds after guiding the Yorkshire club into the Premier League (Zac Goodwin/PA)

The Argentine veteran got Leeds back into the Premier League but was sacked with the club threatened with relegation. The time required to implement his unique coaching methods and complex playing systems may count against him making an immediate impact.

Sean Dyche

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Sean Dyche spent almost a decade as Burnley manager (Martin Rickett/PA)

Dyche has been out of work – which would be seen as a plus point by a club still struggling with profit and sustainability rules – since his almost ten-year spell at Burnley ended in April. The 51-year-old is well-versed in surviving relegation battles and his common sense and hard-working style may be what Everton need – but he could be an unpopular choice for some fans.

David Moyes

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David Moyes’ position at West Ham has come under scrutiny (Zac Goodwin/PA)

The former Toffees boss, a particular favorite of chairman Bill Kenwright, has had his name on the list of potential candidates a few times since he left in 2013 after 11 years of relative success. His position at West Ham has been questioned and, unless he is sacked in the near future, it would be a surprise to see him trade the squad and resources at his disposal in London for a sentimental return to Goodison .

Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney said he turned down an approach to interview for the Everton job when he was at Derby (Zac Goodwin/PA)

A return to his boyhood club for the former Toffees academy graduate would be the romantic option and gain support from some fans, but his managerial credentials remain untested at the highest level after being relegated from the Championship with financially-hit Derby. Currently in charge of MLS side DC United, but that wouldn’t be a hindrance.

Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo

Former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo would bring solid organization (Nick Potts/PA)

Nuno is currently the manager of Saudi Professional League club Al-Ittihad but could enjoy a return to the Premier League. He had some success with Wolves before performances began to wane, but he failed at Tottenham. His ‘solid’ brand of football may not be universally popular.

Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce guided Everton to eighth in the Premier League in 2018 (Peter Byrne/PA)

‘Big Sam’ spent five-and-a-half months as Everton boss between November 2017 and May 2018, leading them from 13th to eighth in the Premier League. The 68-year-old may be a famous relegation firefighter, but his re-appointment could be unpleasant for an already disenchanted fan base.

Duncan Ferguson

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Duncan Ferguson knows Everton inside out as a former player and coach (Richard Sellers/PA)

Everton hero Ferguson left his coaching role at Goodison in July to pursue managerial ambitions but is yet to find a job. He spent two short spells as caretaker boss as the club pursued another permanent manager, but his tactical acumen and suitability for a relegation battle remain unproven.

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