Rooney prefers to continue training in the second tier to lead Everton in the Premier League

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney said he refused to contact his former club Everton to lead the struggling Premier League side.

Everton is looking for a coach after sacking Rafael Benitez this month after a series of disappointing results, and appointed Duncan Ferguson as interim coach.

Rooney, who spent two terms as a player at Everton, is currently training the second-tier derby, which has been under guard due to a financial crisis, and is in the penultimate position in the competition.

“Everton contacted my agent and they asked to be interviewed for the vacant position, but I refused,” Rooney said – in a press conference today, Friday.

“I believe that I will be a manager in the Premier League and I think I am fully prepared and it will certainly be great to lead Everton one day in the future, but I have a job here at Derby County and it is an important job for me.”

British media have speculated that former Porto coach Vitor Pereira and former Chelsea coach Frank Lampard are among the top candidates to succeed Benitez.

Everton is 16th in the Premier League with 19 points from 20 matches, 4 points behind the relegation zone.

It will host Brentford in the fourth round of the FA Cup on the fifth of next February, after the international period.

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