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Sport: Wayne Rooney is bookies' favourite to replace Rafa Benitez at Everton

Townsend ends heroic Hull effort in extra time

  Townsend ends heroic Hull effort in extra time Andros Townsend's extra-time screamer saved Everton's blushes as under-fire Rafael Benitez saw his side stumble into the FA Cup fourth round with a 3-2 triumph at Hull. © PA Andros Townsend's stunner proved Everton's winner and put them in the hat for the fourth-round draw The Spaniard has never been the most popular figure at Goodison Park thanks in no small part to his strong ties to Liverpool.

Former Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been tipped to take over at Goodison Park following the sacking of Rafa Benitez.

Rooney, 36, has worked wonders at troubled Championship side Derby County.

He guided the Rams to safety on the final day in his first season in charge and they are currently just eight points from safety despite administration, a transfer embargo and a 21 point deduction.

Wayne Rooney (above) has been tipped to replace Rafa Benitez as Everton manager © Provided by Daily Mail Wayne Rooney (above) has been tipped to replace Rafa Benitez as Everton manager The former Toffees striker would reportedly 'find it hard to turn down the Everton job' © Provided by Daily Mail The former Toffees striker would reportedly 'find it hard to turn down the Everton job'

Another Toffees legend, Duncan Ferguson, is second favourite at 7/2, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is 4/1 to return for a second stint in charge in the next permanent Everton manager market with Betfair.

Benitez was sacked on Sunday after less than seven months in charge.


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The Toffees appointed the former Liverpool manager, 61, as Carlo Ancelotti's successor in June.

Under-fire Rafa Benitez has been sacked after Everton called an emergency board meeting © Provided by Daily Mail Under-fire Rafa Benitez has been sacked after Everton called an emergency board meeting

Everton, who lost 2-1 to Norwich City on Saturday, have won only one of their last 13 Premier League games and sit 16th in the table, six points above the relegation places.

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  Premier League coach's brutal 200 day sacking The terse 40 words from Everton announcing Rafa Benitez's firing today lacked any expression of thanks.The Spaniard failed to overcome his successful association with Liverpool, whose stadium is only 1.6km from Goodison Park across Stanley Park, and his position became increasingly untenable as Everton sunk closer to the relegation zone.

The club say an update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.

And Sky Sports reports that Rooney would find it hard to turn down the Everton job.

The Toffees were consigned to their ninth defeat in 13 league games at Norwich on Saturday  © Provided by Daily Mail The Toffees were consigned to their ninth defeat in 13 league games at Norwich on Saturday

Betfair Spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: 'Rafa Benitez's reign with the Toffee's was anything but sweet and following a disappointing defeat yesterday at the hands of bottom of the table Norwich, the club have confirmed his departure.

'Looking at who could take over from the Spaniard, punters have been clear with their choice: one of Everton's favourite sons, Wayne Rooney has been backed into being the 6/5 favourite from 7/2 just 24 hours ago.

'Duncan Ferguson is currently second favourite at 7/2, while former Toffees' manager Roberto Martinez is also in the running at 4/1. Frank Lampard and Paulo Fonseca have been linked with a number of vacant positions this season and their odds over taking over at Goodison are 13/2 and 10/1 respectively

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