Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Nigel Martyn says Frank Lampard is the ‘best option’

Former Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn believes Frank Lampard is the best option to succeed Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park.

The club are hoping to make a decision today as they reportedly conduct their final round of interviews with Lampard, Vitor Pereira and Duncan Ferguson.

Martyn, though, believes Lampard should be further ahead in the running and it would be ‘too early’ for Wayne Rooney.

The former Everton and Manchester United man is expected to remain at Derby County, though, as reports claim he’s removed himself from the running.

“I think Frank is a little bit further along having had a year in the Premier League and probably, for me, is the one who is ahead at the moment,” Martyn told the PA news agency, in an interview facilitated by

“I guess the managers aren’t out there you want to be available to take Everton forward going into the next few seasons. I think it is probably a little bit too early with Wayne, although he’s had two of the better managers we have had in the Premier League of recent years which is something he will undoubtedly have learned from.

“He is doing a great job at Derby and if he manages to keep them in that division it would be an absolutely amazing achievement. But if I’m being honest Frank is a little further along in his managerial career than Wayne.

“The board and the owner are under pressure from the supporters and getting someone in not just for the short-term firefight for the next few games but going forward is important.”

He also added that Pereira’s interview with Sky Sports earlier this week may not help his case.

Martyn also said: “This is a vitally important decision that the club make on who they appoint. Things like yesterday don’t really help that I’m afraid.

“I can’t help thinking it is probably not a good career move. It is certainly a brave move and we will find out fairly soon whether it is foolish or not.”

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