Everton have started talks to hire Frank Lampard as their next manager, according to Times journalist Paul Joyce.
Writing on The Times website, Joyce reports that since leaving Chelsea a year ago, Lampard has been interviewed by Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Norwich City.
It is understood that Everton are now in discussions to hire the 43-year-old former Derby and Chelsea boss.
As soon as Everton sacked Rafa Benitez, you knew which names would emerge as contenders for the job.
Lampard is getting linked with every club going but have Everton not realised that there may be a reason to avoid him if three Premier League clubs have turned him down after an interview?
Wayne Rooney and Duncan Ferguson are also obvious ones but there doesn’t seem to be much done in the way of research and branching out when it comes to hiring managers.
Look at the job that Graham Potter’s done at Brighton while Bruno Lage at Wolves and Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace are also doing well.
They were risky hires but they were well-researched ones and so far, they’ve shown signs of paying off.
Everton always go for the obvious name and always go for someone who’s predictable and been around the block too many times before.
Let’s go on a different route with this hire because what’s happened in the last few years simply hasn’t worked.