Fabio Cannavaro has been “interviewed by Everton” with a view to him becoming their new permanent manager, according to reports.
Rafael Benitez was sacked last week after a string of poor results saw them drop down to 16th in the Premier League.
The club have confirmed that Duncan Ferguson will be their caretaker manager for their “upcoming games”.
Former England teammates Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are reportedly set to be interviewed for the role.
The Telegraph have revealed Cannavaro has been “interviewed by Everton” this week. The legendary defender won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.
The 48-year-old has had two spells as manager of Chinese side Guangzhou. He also had a brief stint in charge of China’s national team in 2019.
The report adds that Cannavaro “impressed in an initial interview”. He is said to be keen to “pursue a coaching career in England”.
“I have full confidence that Wayne Rooney would be ready to return to his boyhood club. Look at the job that he is doing at Derby in unbelievably tough conditions.
“He would need to have the right team around him to help him step up. With all due respect to Derby County, managing Everton is a big leap but a magnificent challenge.
“We know that Wayne Rooney wants to win in whatever he does. As a manager, he will want to test himself at the highest level and will be ready for the challenge.
“I’m confident he would be successful because of his pedigree as a player and also as a person.
“He’s smart, dedicated, and he knows the club inside and out – this is his boyhood club – he has the tattoo! I honestly think he would be a perfect match for the club.
“He can create the right foundation for the club to improve. I’m not talking about Wayne like this because I played with him. It is because I believe he is ready to do it.
“He won’t come with an ego as a manager because he is still learning the role. He will come as Wayne. If Mikel Arteta has done it with Arsenal, then Wayne Rooney can do it with Everton.”