Everton to promote from within - and bring back Rooney in the process?

As talk increases suggesting Alan Stubbs will take over at Everton could his appointment see a shock return for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney?

On Match of the Day this Sunday Alan Hansen and Alan Sherarer were in agreement on most things; a very rare occurrence.

Next Chelsea manager, Mourinho; Next Manchester City manager, Pellegrini; Next Everton manager, Martinez.

But what about the last option; is there a man a little closer to home in line to take over?

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has certainly been linked heavily with the Goodison Park hot-seat but many are starting to realise that Bill Kenwright may in fact be looking to promote within; with under-21 gaffer Alan Stubbs rising up the bookmakers rankings by the day.

A week ago odds on the former Everton centre-back taking over were slashed amid a flurry of bets on the 41-year old and just today his former team-mate David Unsworth has been telling the world of how he thought Moyes would keep ‘it in the boot room’ and suggested that Stubbs would be ‘a fantastic appointment’.

While he may not have the managerial record at the highest level many an Everton fan would like to see Stubbs in charge. He is Everton through and through and has had an impressive campaign with the under-21’s; guiding them to the semi-finals of the league play-off on the back of a 16 game unbeaten record.

It could be that Everton take a leaf out of their great Merseyside rivals books in the 70’s and 80’s by appointing Stubbs in the same way Liverpool utilised Paisley, Fagan and Dalglish after Bill Shankly stepped aside in 1974.

But not only would Stubbs bring a similar ethos and stability to the club but he might just have a trump card as well; Wayne Rooney?

Rooney wants to leave Manchester United and has made that clear by handing in a transfer request in recent weeks. The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and many other big continental players have been mentioned but Rooney is still an Everton fan and with everything that has gone on recently returning to home comforts, Craig Bellamy style, might be just up his street.

Can Everton afford him?

Perhaps if they get the money they have quoted for a Maraoune Fellaini deal while he will certainly have to take a wage-cut to join the club with a bonus scheme for Champions League qualification likely to be on the cards.

Stubbs and Rooney are very close from their time together at Everton; even spotted taking in the odd Everton game together in the past and Stubbs has continually leapt to the defence of his fellow Merseysider throughout his career.

It seems far-fetched and Everton’s lack of European football may prove a problem but a move back to Goodison would hardly affect his England selection chances so in that regard there is no reason for him not to consider a deal should it land on his lap.

It would be hard at first for Everton fans to forgive the striker, especially when images of him kissing the United badge are undoubtedly spread like wildfire, but once he started banging in the goals us fickle football fans would soon forget.

Stranger things have happened in football and if Everton were to appoint Stubbs as the new gaffer it would not be to far out the reaches of logical thought for Wayne Rooney to return to Everton Football Club.

How can we forget? Once A Blue Always A Blue, remember?

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